TRAI Rejects Shifting To An 11 Digit Numbering Plan, Will Continue With 10 Digit Mobile Numbers

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or more commonly known as TRAI has said that according to its recommendations, India will not shit to an 11 digit number for mobile telephone services after its rejection and said it will continue with the 10 digit numbering plan.

In a statement issued by TRAI with subject lines states ‘Clarification regarding TRAI recommendations on “Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services” issued on 29th May 2020.’

On the 29th of May, it said, “TRAI released its recommendations on Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services”. A press release was also issued on the same day.

It said, “In this regard, it is observed that some media houses have reported that TRAI has recommended the 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile services. It is a complete misinterpretation of the aforesaid recommendations. TRAI has not recommended the 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile services,”.

The press release added, “In fact, as per the TRAI recommendation, the country will continue to follow a 10-digit numbering for mobile services. We have categorically rejected shifting to an 11-digit mobile numbering plan,”.

‘“Further, TRAI has recommended a dialing prefix 0” while making a call from a fixed-line number to a mobile number. The introduction of a dialing prefix for a particular type of call is not akin to increasing the number of digits in the telephone number. This change in the dialing pattern will generate 2,544 million additional numbering resources for mobile services to cater to future requirements.’

TRAI’s press release said, “It is worthwhile mentioning in this regard that in the existing dialing scheme, the dialing prefix 0” is mandatory while making inter-SDCA Calls from a fixed-line number to fixed-line number. This dialing prefix 0” is also mandatory when calls are made from a mobile number to any fixed line number. Therefore, the current recommendation suggests a minor addition in the dialing pattern.”

The SDCA stands for Short Distance Charging Area, equivalent to a Taluka, said TRAI’s press release. The recommendations have been placed on the official website of TRAI, you can check it by click on the following link: https://www.trai.gov.in/