In India all mobile numbers have 10 digits under the government’s National Numbering Plan (NNP). In 2003, the Department of Telecommunication ( DoT) implemented the 10–digit mobile numbers which will meet the needs for 30 long years.
However, the DoT has now issued a directive to all the telecom operators in India, asking them to start issuing 13-digit mobile numbers to all existing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) customers from October 18 onwards. The deadline for the completion has been set for December 31, 2018.
If you are wondering what impact the decision will have on customer like you, then here’s the answer.
The 13-digit move won’t change your existing number or affect the phone users in India. So it is not what that has been doing rounds right now on social media.
The M2M numbers are only meant for machines, the ones connected to the internet. So only, M2M or SIM-based IOT devices will be impacted by this. M2M is the interaction between devices and machines (it could be Airplane, Ship, connected cars, or Bicycle) that are connected to the internet and to each other.
According to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India:
“M2M communication is a form of data communication that involves one or more entities that do not necessarily require human interaction or intervention in the process of communication. M2M is also named as Machine Type Communication (MTC) in 3GPP.”
If the decision is implemented, India will become the country with the longest mobile numbers, with China the only country at scale with 11 digit mobile numbers, not counting the area code.