The explosively growing number mobile phone connection subscribers in India has posed a serious problem before the Department of Telecom (DoT). The number of mobile phone users in the country has recently touched the figure of 992.81 million. As a result, all the phone numbers series currently in use are expected to cross the one billion mark. The 10 digit mobile phone numbers will exhaust their capacity. DoT is now seeking for the solution in 11 digit numbers and some other alternatives. Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India, shows his concern in the matter as follows:

There might be a serious problem if a new series of numbers are not brought in by the middle of next year. We are theoretically reaching the limit of existing number sets with a subscriber base of one billion. DoT said that it may need remapping of networks and there might be issues conforming to international numbering standards too. DoT hasn’t rejected the idea completely but is looking into alternatives.

Today devices ranging from cars to tablets depend on SIM cards for network connectivity. This new demand has further added to the number of phone number subscribers in the country.

Source: The Times of India


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