Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has said that as per its recommendations the country will continue with 10-digit numbering for mobile telephone services and it has categorically rejected shifting to 11-digit mobile numbering plan.
A statement by TRAI :
“Clarification regarding TRAI recommendations on ”Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services” issued on 29th May 2020.”
“TRAI released its recommendations on Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services” on May 29.
A press release was also issue on the same day.
It is observe that some media have reported that TRAI has recommended 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile services.
It is complete misinterpretation of the recommendations.
TRAI said :
“TRAI has not recommended 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile services,”
“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,”
TRAI has recommended a dialling prefix 0 while making a call from a fixed line number to mobile number.
The introduction of a dialling prefix for a particular type of call is not to increasing the number of digits in the telephone number.
This change in dialling pattern will generate 2,544 million additional numbering resources for mobile services to cater to the future requirements.
TRAI press release said :
“It is worthwhile mentioning in this regard that in the existing dialling scheme, the dialling prefix 0” is mandatory while making inter-SDCA Call from a fixed line number to fixed line number.
This dialling prefix 0” is also mandatory when calls are made from a mobile number to any fix line number.
The current recommendation suggests a minor addition in the dialling pattern.”
The recommendations have been place TRAI’s website.
NOTE : The SDCA stands for Short Distance Charging Area, equivalent to a Taluka.
TRAI said that it had categorically rejected shifting to an 11-digit mobile numbering plan.
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