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13 digit mobile number only for M2M Communication, DoT clarifies

Wednesday February 21, 2018 6:26 PM, News Network

13 Digit Mobile Number

New Delhi:
Putting to rest the rumours that all mobile numbers will be converted into 13 digits from the existing 10 digit, the Department of Telecom (DoT) on Wednesday clarified that the change will be only for M2M customers, and not for the regular subscribers.

Social media since last fews days is abuzz with rumours that all existing mobile phone numbers will be converted into 13 digits from July 01, 2018. The rumours became viral after some websites claimed that all existing numbers will change soon.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) however now said the directive is only for M2M communication. The DoT also said the 13 digit M2M mobile number will be implemented from July 1. The deadline for the completion has been set as December 31, 2018, it said.

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication is a form of data communication which involves one or more entities that do not require human interaction or intervention in the process of communication. M2M is also named as Machine Type Communication (MTC) in 3GPP, and is basically SIM-based IOT devices will be impacted by this.

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) can be described as the interaction between devices and machines (it could be Airplane, Ship, connected cars, or Bicycle) that are connected to the internet and to each other. The M2M SIM card is required to connect these devices to the internet, though these can be used on regular mobiles as well.

M2M communication can further be described as a cellular network-driven remote communication between two entities or machines for automation needs, and its application varies from smart appliances to smart home systems and connected vehicles.

In India, telecom operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, RCom, and BSNL offer M2M services to their enterprise customers. For instance, Airtel's M2M offerings include Smart Metering, Asset Tracking Solutions, Equipment Monitoring Solutions and Traffic Management Solution.

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