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Come Oct 2018; India will have 13-digit mobile number; know more

It is said that companies have even started working on the directive

Come Oct 2018; India will have 13-digit mobile number; know more

In yet another major change for the telecom scene of the India, the Department of Telecom (DoT) had reportedly issued a directive to all the telecom operators to start issuing 13-digit mobile numbers to customers.

The directive, it is said, came from DoT on January 8, 2018.

It is said that companies have even started working on the directive.

The decision has been taken to provide better security features to users.

Under this latest development, the existing mobile users’ numbers will be ported to 13-digits starting from October 1, 2018.

The last date to complete the process would be December 31, 2018.

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.

The problem, however, with a 13-digit number is that it would be virtually impossible for a person to remember it, possibly leading to massive dislocations across business processes like banks where provisioning has been made to capture only 10 digit mobile numbers.

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