Mobile numbers starting from 8!

India is the country where the mobile market are growing   day by day.Every Indian is trying to grab a mobile phone connection as it is become one of the necessity.To keep this fact in mind TRAI is decided to launched the series of mobile  number starting from 8 instead of 9. According to TRAI, India has 415 million cellular subscribers at the end of May 2009 compared to 277 million a year ago, a whooping growth of  50 percent.

According to this report

Department of  Telecommunications(DOT), the Numbering Plan Administrator, has been allocating numbers for mobile connections from level ‘9’ which has a  theoretical capacity of 1000 million numbers and with a 60% utilization
factor a practical limit of 600 million numbers to be allocated. As the connections neared this limit and allocation of blocks of numbers became  difficult in level ‘9’, DoT started allocating numbers from spare codes and free sub-levels of level ‘8’.
A list of spare codes is available in the National Numbering Plan 2003(NNP2003). Free sublevels are the SDCA codes followed  by ‘0’, ‘1’, ‘8’ and ‘9’ as these will not conflict with fixed line numbers. DOT has allocated some sub-levels of ‘7’ for fixed and now they have started allocating spare codes and some sub-levels of this level to mobile services.
These steps have been taken to tide over the immediate number crunch and do not afford smooth administration of numbering resources.

Department ofTelecommunications(DOT), the Numbering Plan Administrator, has beenallocating numbers for mobile connections from level ‘9’ which has atheoretical capacity of 1000 million numbers and with a 60% utilizationfactor a practical limit of 600 million numbers to be allocated. As theconnections neared this limit and allocation of blocks of numbers became difficult in level ‘9’, DoT started allocating numbers from spare codes and freesub-levels of level ‘8’. A list of spare codes is available in the NationalNumbering Plan 2003(NNP2003). Free sublevels are the SDCA codes followedby ‘0’, ‘1’, ‘8’ and ‘9’ as these will not conflict with fixed line numbers. DOThas allocated some sub-levels of ‘7’ for fixed and now they have startedallocating spare codes and some sub-levels of this level to mobile services.These steps have been taken to tide over the immediate number crunch anddo not afford smooth administration of numbering resources.

Benefits to Operators:

The scheme of starting mobile number series starting from 8 will definetly prove good for the operator in the following ways:

  • Operators will be able to add new users without any number crunch.
  • Operators will be able to open a new stream of revenue as VIP numbers have always been in the limelight and people are willing to pay a good amount for them.
  • Operators may have to invest in new hardware as some telecom systems have been hardcoded for 10 digit number system which may bring some huge costs specially for the operators who have just joined the telecom revolution.

So, if you get borred using the mobile numbers starting with 9, you can try new number which will start from 8!

Try it..

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