The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended using 11-digit long mobile numbers in the country. This was part of the recommendations on “Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services” released by the authority on Friday.
TRAI, in the recommendation, said that replacing 10-digit mobile numbers with 11-digit ones will lead to the availability of more numbers in the country. “Switching from 10 to 11 digits with the first digit for mobile number as ‘9’ would give a total capacity of 10 billion numbers. With the current policy of allotment after 70% utilisation, this would suffice till India has 7 billion connections,” TRAI wrote in its recommendations.
It has also recommended using ‘0’ as a prefix in front of mobile numbers while calling from a fixed line connection. Additionally, TRAI has also recommended shifting mobile numbers used for dongles from 10 digits to 13 digits. Besides this, TRAI recommended that a new National Numbering Plan (NNP) should be issued at the earliest.