13 digit M2M SIM no. from July

Sakal Times
Thursday, 22 February 2018

The change is only for machine-to-machine communication and not for mobile users

Pune: The Department of Telecom (DoT), Government of India, has recently issued a notice which states that 13 digit machine-to-machine (M2M) numbering plan will be implemented in the country from July 1.

However, the messages circulating on the WhatsApp are misleading the public stating that the numbers of the mobile users too will be changed to 13 digit, which is not true.
The letter issued by the DoT stated that from July 1 onwards, all the new M2M mobile connections will be allocated 13-digit numbers only. As far as the existing connections are concerned, the notice stated that all the telecom operators should ensure that the migration of the existing 10-digit M2M connections to 13 digits takes place by October 1 and should be completed by December 31. 

M2M services are those where Internet-enabled devices like point-of-sale machines or even latest refrigerators communicate through a SIM card. This decision will not have any effect on mobile phone SIMs.

However, as opposed to what the WhatsApp messages that are being circulated in the State, the regular mobile users in the country will not at all be affected by this. The said shift in the numbering is meant only for M2M communication and not for the general mobile users, who will continue to get and use their usual 10-digit numbers.

Clarifying on the same, BSNL in its tweet stated, “There is no change in mobile numbering plan, which remains 10 digits. #BSNL preparing for a machine to machine (M2M) communication wherein 13 digit numbering scheme shall be used to connect billions of machines.”

What is M2M communication?
† Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a form of data communication that involves one or more entities that do not necessarily require human interaction or intervention in the process of communication. M2M is currently used in several areas including security (alarm systems, car/driver security, etc); tracking and tracing (navigation, traffic information, road tolling, etc); health (remote diagnostics, supporting aged or handicaps, etc); payment (point of sales, vending machine, etc); metering etc.

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