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    Dialling mobile number with zero prefix to be mandatory soon as DoT accepts TRAI proposal

    Starting in January, landline users will need to add zero before making calls to mobile numbers. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) accepted the proposal by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for landline numbers to add a “0” number prefix that was unveiled in May. This is to ensure adequate numbering resources for fixed and mobile network services.

    TRAI has asked the telecommunications companies to take the necessary steps by January 1 to implement the new system.

    According to the regulator, this change in the dialing model will generate 2.544 million additional numbering resources for mobile services to meet future needs, the PTI news agency reported. It is also expected that the new dialing model will create sufficient numbering space for telecommunication services.

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    However, the regulator had said that introducing a dialing prefix for a particular type of call is not similar to increasing the number of digits in the phone number. The DoT in a circular on changing the dialing model from landline numbers to mobile cell numbers’ said in order to ensure adequate numbering resources for landline and mobile services, TRAI’s recommendations of May 29, 2020 are been accepted by the Department.

    “The following can be implemented. Calls from landline to mobile must be dialed with the prefix “0”. A suitable announcement can be placed on landline switches to inform landline subscribers of the need to dial the prefix “0” for all landline-to-mobile calls, “DoT noted in a November 20 circular.

    The circular also notes that an appropriate announcement can be fed with fixed network switches to inform fixed network subscribers of the need to dial with the prefix zero. The announcement will be played whenever landline users dial a mobile number without the 0 prefix.

    The circular also noted that all fixed-line subscribers should be provided with 0 dialing services, ie STD dialing services. “All fixed line subscribers should be provided with a” 0 “dialing service, which is an STD dialing service. Compliance with it can be intimated, “states the circular published on the DoT website.

    TRAI also made recommendations in May such as switching from a 10-digit to 11-digit numbering scheme in the case of mobile numbers that will give a total capacity of 10 billion numbers. He also suggested that the mobile numbers assigned to the dongles should be moved to 13 digits.

    The Department of Telecommunications welcomed TRAI’s proposal for landline numbers to add a prefix to the number 0 that was recommended in May. TRAI has asked the telecommunications companies to take the necessary steps by January 1 to implement the new system.

    News Underline:

    • Landline users will need to add the prefix 0 before making calls to mobile numbers starting January 1st.
    • In May, TRAI proposed the new call system to the Telecommunications Department to ensure adequate numbering resources for fixed and mobile network services.
    • According to the regulator, this change in the dialing model will generate 2.544 million additional numbering resources for mobile services to meet future needs.
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