People often complain about the spam calls asking for the bank account and other personal information by giving attractive offers. Keeping this thing in mind and to increase security features the Department of Telecom (DoT) has given instructions to all the telecom companies in India to start issuing 13 digit mobile numbers to new as well as existing customers.
According to reports, these 13 digit phone number series will start issuing from 1 October 2018. While the DoT has given a deadline to complete this job until 31 December 2018. A senior BSNL official said, “The directive from DoT had come on January 8, 2018, post which we started work on it.”
Further adding more “It is decided that 13-digit M2M (Machine-to-machine) numbering plan will be implemented from July 1, 2018. From this date onwards, all new M2M mobile connections will be allocated 13-digit numbers only… Migration of existing 10-digit M2M numbers will start latest by 1 October 2018 and shall be completed by 31 December 2018.”
Airtel Bharti (Telecom service provider) in a written manner to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) consultation paper on Roaming, Spectrum, Quality of Service (QoS) and other related requirements in M2M Communications’, said, “DoT has already approved a 13-digit numbering series for SIM-based M2M devices which will co-exist with the prevalent 10-digit mobile numbering scheme to be allocated for the Unified Licence (Access Service Authorization).”
“13-digit numbering scheme has been approved for SIM-based M2M devices.”, Ministry of Communication informed in a letter written to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
What is Machine-To-Machine (M2M) Service?
M2M is the latest technology which provides a direct communication between devices. In other words, using this technology devices or sensors (including wired and wireless) can communicate with each other. M2M is a form of communication where the connected devices or sensors exchange information or take decisions without any manual assistance or interference. Furthermore, M2M communication technology is a base for the Internet of Things (IoT)
Do We Really Need to Change Our Phone Numbers?
No, the machine-to-machine communication is not meant for the general public. That means we don’t have to worry about the transition from 10 digits to 13 digits mobile numbers. This type of technology is generally used in industrial instrumentation, enabling a sensor or meter to communicate the recorded data, warehouse management, traffic control, supply chain management, robotics and more.
However, it is not confirmed if we have to change our phone numbers. Currently, there are about billion of active mobile users in India. And the process of linking mobile number with Aadhaar card is still pending. Implementation of the same seems quite difficult.
Is This Safe to have a 13 Digit Mobile Number?
Well, of course, it is safe and secure to have a 13 digit phone number. However, the problem with this is it is difficult to remember this 13 digits long number. Our present mobile number is linked with many facilities such as bank account, email account, and other subscriptions. A new 13 digits long number can create a situation of confusion.
What if the Plan is Implemented?
Let’s assume that the plan is implemented and we all own a 13 digits mobile number. For your kind information, India will become the first country to have the longest mobile numbers (excluding the area code). In this competition, at present, China is leading with 11 digits mobile number, not counting the area code. Apart from this, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Reunion (French regions) have longer numbers