To provide better security features, Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has ordered Telecom Service Providers to issue 13 digits number for SIM-based machine-to-machine (M2M) service, starting July 1, 2018. At present, M2M numbers consist of 10 digits.
M2M numbers are used for SIMs in devices like Point of Sale machines, Electricity meters etc. Officials from Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Telecom industry body COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) commented that mobile numbers will remain unaffected by this development.
The 13-digits M2M numbering plan will be executed from July 1, 2018, for new M2M mobile connections.
Migration of existing 10-digits M2M numbers to 13 digits will start by October 1, 2018, and shall be completed by December 31, 2018.
The DoT has asked the service providers to ensure that their network elements, including IT and other relevant systems, are aligned with 13-digits numbering for M2M SIMs before July 1, 2018.
What is M2M?
M2M communication is a technology that leverages connected devices to remotely work or talk to each other via a wireless network. It has become an essential part of the Internet of Things(IoT), a technology which is growing at the rapid pace and connects everything from wearable devices to traffic signals, and waste control systems to a vast network.
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Sidhant Dua, From ITvoir News Desk