Speculations put to rest; regular mobile users not to get affected by 13-digit order
It is been a topic of speculation for quite some time now but it appears there has been some confusion as well.
It is now reported that that the Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued instructions to all telecom operators to start using 13 digit mobile numbers for all existing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) customers from October 18 onward.
It was reported in certain sections of the media that 13 digit M2M mobile number will be implemented from July 1.
The deadline for the completion has been set as December 31, 2018.
However, the ruling will have no impact on the regular mobile users in India.
The Department of Telecom has only asked the existing 10-digit M2M numbers to 13-digit numbers from October 1.
To end this speculation, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) number is meant for machines, the ones connected to the internet. M2M or SIM-based IOT devices will be impacted by this.
The regular 10 digit mobile number that all customers in India enjoy is not going to change as some media sections have reported.
TRAI states that Machine-to-Machine (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.