Sim Cards with 11 Digit Phone Numbers in India

The Department of Telecom (DoT) had previously proposed a transfer of numbers from 10 digit to 11 digit in January 2010. Indian telecom department had planned for 10-digit mobile numbering that would last for 30 years in 2003, but given the meteoric rise in the number of mobile subscribers, the quota is likely to get over very soon, which is why 11-digit mobile numbers will soon come in play. China and the UK are the only countries apart from India using 11-digit mobile numbers. 

India is facing a number crunch because the number of mobile subscribers is increasing astronomically. According to a report from The Times of India, Rajan Mathews, director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), "The number series starting with 98 or 99 is reaching the end of its capacity. This may lead to a serious issue if a new series of numbers is not introduced till the middle of next year."

"In order to accomodate new devices, the mobile numbers will have to be increased by one digit. There can be an introduction of 12-digit numbers as well to ensure that there is no scope for any problem,” said Sandip Biswas, director at consultancy firm Deloitte in the report.

Biswas informed that the numbering system is totally goverened by the number of subscribers. The picture has changed after the emergence of mobility. These days the devices connected to the networks range from cars to tablets to washing machines, he added.                  

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