Trai Seeks Industry View on 11-digit Mobile Nos

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 21, 2010

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has released a consultation paper seeking views from the industry on introduction of 11-digit mobile numbers.

The 10-digit mobile numbers are expected to get exhausted soon due to the phenomenal growth in mobile telephony in the country with over 15 million users being added every month.

Trai, which is also looking at possibilities of retaining 10-digit numbering scheme, has also sought industry’s views on migrating to 11 digit for fixed and mobile telephones.

"Major modifications in a numbering plan could mean substantial changes in the network and costs for the service providers. It has therefore become necessary to elicit views of the stakeholders on issues like allocation and efficient utilisation of numbering resources," TRAI said in a statement. 

The government is planning to rework the current numbering plan and debating with Trai whether 11-digit numbers could be offered.

The present numbering plan, which was framed in 2003, was expected to be in place till 2030. Based on the 2003 projections, India was expected to have 500 million mobile customers only by 2010. But the country has reached that mark in 2009 itself and is expected to cross the 1-billion mark before the end of 2014.

The consultation paper will discuss issues such as long-term suitability of numbering plan, effective utilisation of numbers, allocation and pricing of the numbers. The last date for sending response is February 19, 2010.