New Delhi, Feb 21: It was reported that the Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued an order to telecom operators to issue 13-digit mobile numbers. It is true that the directive was issued, but not for consumer mobile phones. The reality is that the 13-digit number would only be issued for machine-to-machine communication, not for normal mobile phones.

Telecom operators will soon issue 13-digit numbers, specifically for machine-to-machine communication. The Department of Telecom (DoT) issued a directive to all the telecom operators in India in this regard on January 8. Telecom operators have started working on the directive and soon 13-digit numbers will be issued for machine-to-machine communication.

news report said that the process to port the existing 10-digit mobile numbers to 13-digits will start from October 1, 2018. The last date to complete the process would be December 31, 2018.

“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,” an official was quoted as saying.

COAI’s DG Rajan Mathews told Zee News, “This 13 digit will only be reserved for internet of things. if you want to connect your refrigerator, if you want to connect your car, washing machine. These will now be used for those things. it will have no impact on your present (mobile) numbering schemes.”

According to a letter written by the Ministry of Communication to TRAI, 13-digit numbering scheme has been approved for SIM-based M2M devices.

Disclaimer: Earlier, it was reported in this news piece that mobile numbers will become of 13 digits. This is to clarify that the order will be implemented for machine-to-machine communication only.