Mobile numbers in India would get 11 digits from now on..! Yes, you heard it right, if everything goes well with the new recommendations made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) all the mobile services would be moving from 10 to 11 digits including the existing mobile numbers.
According to TRAI, replacing 10-digit mobile numbers with 11-digit ones will lead to the availability of more numbers in the country while ’Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services’ was the prime recommendation made on TRAI’s Friday review meeting.
In the line of which zero could be added for existing mobile phone numbers while new mobile numbers, in the future, could begin with different digits. Also, calls made from fixed-line to mobile phones should be prefixed with a ‘0’. This would accommodate the mobile service providers to facilitate almost thousand crore new numbers across the country.
In addition to this, TRAI also made a key recommendation to meet increasing internet connections. Mobile numbers allotted for dongles to be shifted to 13 digits – Just like the numbers associated with our mobile phones, various devices such as dongles and data cards currently have the 10-digit numbering scheme. Also, in a document highlighting the recommendations, TRAI has mentioned that India already has about 1.2 billion telephone numbers, with a teledensity of 87.47 per cent.