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Didn't recommend 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile phones, TRAI clarifies

Didn't recommend 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile phones, TRAI clarifies

Didn't recommend 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile phones, TRAI clarifies
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By CNBC-TV18 Jun 1, 2020 6:35:56 AM IST (Updated)

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Sunday clarified that it has not recommended 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile phones. It was earlier reported that the telecom regulator had suggested expanding the current 10-digit numbering scheme to 11.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Sunday clarified that it has not recommended 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile phones. It was earlier reported that the telecom regulator had suggested expanding the current 10-digit numbering scheme to 11.

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“The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released its recommendations on ‘Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services’ on 29th May 2020. A press release was also issued on the same day,” TRAI said in a press release on Sunday.
It continued: “In this regard, it is observed that some media houses have reported that TRAI has recommended 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile services. It is a complete misinterpretation of the aforesaid recommendations. TRAI has not recommended 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile phones.”
The press release went on state to that TRAI has “categorically rejected shifting to an 11-digit numbering plan.”
However, the regulator has recommended prefixing 0 while making a call from a fixed line number to mobile number.
Regarding the suggestion of the 0 prefix, TRAI reasoned: “The introduction of a dialling prefix for a particular type of call is not akin 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.”
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