The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued a new directive asking all telecom service providers to issue new 13 digit numbers to M2M – machine-to-machine customers. All existing numbers will be ported to a 13 digit number starting from October 1, 2018.
Deadline for this scheme is set for 31 December,2018. There’re a lot of 13 digit mobile number confusion among people, let me clarify and refine your doubts regarding this. Will it effect your current 10 Digit mobile number ? will your current mobile number be changed to a new 13 digit number ? well the answer is a big NO, it won’t be. This scheme will be only effective for M2M (Machine to Machine) device users such as Electric meters, water meters, connected cars, electric vehicles, any automated device, IOT devices and smart homes where an internet service is enabled and which communicates using a sim card. So If you’re smartphone user, you don’t even have to worry about it, nothing will change for you.
In an official letter the Department of Telecommunications said,”The undersigned is directed to convey the approval of competent authority that 13-digit numbering scheme has been approved for SIM-based M2M devices which will co-exist with existing 10-digit mobile numbering schemes,”.
One of main reason behind this new scheme is government expects exponential growth in connected devices. As an effort to provide better security features, 13-digit M2M numbering plan will be implemented from July 1, 2018 and from the date all Indian Telecom providers like Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, RCom, BSNL will start issuing 13 digit numbers for M2M services which will co-exist with 10 digit mobile numbers scheme. This 13 Digit sims to be used only for machines.