Recently We heard the news that mobile number will be 13 digits (from 10 digits currently) from July 1 and you got Confussed right, relax! There is no such changes happen with your number. Some of the media house interpreted wrong information of DoT (Department of Telecommunication) order for machine to machine or M2M numbers.
M2M or Machine to Machine numbers are used to some of the devices like swipe machines, cars, electricity meters etc. Higher authority from Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and telecom industry body COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) confirmed that for end users Mobile numbers will be same and remain unaffected by the development.
This Month DoT has issued a directive to all the telecom operators to maintain and implement 13 digit number scheme for all M2M Communication devices.
DoT Stated that
“Migration of existing l0-digit M2M numbers to 13 digits will start latest by October 1, 2018 and shall be completed by December 31, 2018,”
DoT also clearly notify to all the service providers to “ensure that their network elements including IT and other relevant systems are aligned with 13-digit numbering for M2M SIMs before July 1, 2018.”
What is M2M communication:
According to Wikipedia, M2M or Machine to Machine refers to direct communication between devices using any communications channel, including wired and wireless. It is a technology which is used to connect 2 electoronic devices with each other via wireless network. Some of the Telecom operators offering M2M based SIM to the enterprises customer to connect the devices such as electricity meters, vehicle tracking and fuel monitoring system and traffic management solution. It is one of the essential part of one of the growing industries that is Internet of Things (IoT).
COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said,
“This has been considered by (the) DOT. They will be the ones to give final instructions and notice to (the) operators.”