Telecom regulator TRAI has suggested increasing the number of digits in existing mobile phones from 10 to 11. The regulator has made new recommendations, including a unified numbering plan for landline and mobile services. According to this recommendation, it would be mandatory to call zero before calling the mobile number from the landline.
TRAI says that the number of digits in mobile numbers will be 11 and if the number starts with 9 digits, then it can give about 10 billion mobile numbers. The regulator says that even if 70 per cent is used, seven billion mobile numbers will be available.
The TRAI also suggested changing the number of mobile numbers distributed for the dongle to 13 digits. The regulator has also made recommendations for landlines under which it is suggested to move fixed line numbers to sub-levels of two or four.
Why did the need
arise? In September last year, the public sought opinion on this issue. The regulator says that in the current situation it will take up to 2050 to meet the needs of the people regarding the telecom connection in the country. Also 260 million marks will also be required. For this reason, TRAI has recommended increasing the number of mobile digits.
At present, the country has a capacity of 210 crores of 10-digit mobile numbers starting from 9, 7 and 8 numbers. While close to 125 crore mobile connections have been given.