If you woke up to news reports in the morning that your mobile number having 10 digits will soon comprise 13 digits, and have been panicking, then relax!
The change will exclusively be for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, which essentially is used for direct communications among electronic devices. The Indian Express reported
that the Department of Telecom (DoT) had issued instructions to all telecom operators to start using 13-digit mobile numbers for all existing Machine-to-
Machine (M2M) customers from October 18 onward.
Further, it has been stated that 13 digit M2M mobile number will be implemented from July 1. The deadline for the completion has been set as December 31, 2018. The Indian Express also reported that while the news is 100% true, it will have no impact on the regular mobile users in India.
The Hindu reported
that based on that order, on February 5, the BSNL had sent a letter to its suppliers and various Circles that the new system will be implemented from July 1, 2018 and that all network systems should be ready for this ahead of that.
Clarifying the confusion BSNL India also tweeted, saying: “There is no change in mobile numbering plan which remains 10 digit. BSNL preparing for machine to machine (m2m) communication where in 13 digit numbering scheme shall be used to connect billions of machines.”
What is Machine to machine (M2M)?
Machine to machine refers to direct communication between devices using any communications channel, including wired and wireless. It is referred to the communication between two devices which can get work done without human interference. India's plans to build smart cities need certain infrastructure and M2M communication is that fundamental block in this development. The advent of 5G service will enhance the capability of this specific type of machine to machine interaction.