Soon, your cell phone number may have eleven digits
The projection in 2003 of reaching 500 million mobile connections was to happen in the year 2030, which happened in this year, forcing the DoT to think of changing the number of digits from the present ten to eleven. With ten digits number scheme, a maximum of one billion numbers can be issued, as per the DoT information. Although. The country has reached only the halfway, yet the need to change to eleven digits has become urgent, as connection growth rate is faster than the projection rate. The Department of Telecommunications presumes that another 4 to 5 years would achieve the one billion figures. DoT has already proposed to the mobile service providers to change the present ten-digit system to eleven digits by 1 January 2010. The industry sources informed that to implement this change, the technical changes are huge in terms of software as well as mobile network configurations, which would take at least one year. With eleven digits number system, 10 billions numbers can be utilized.
At present 13 mobile phone companies are in the market to support the operators, which is not sufficient, the analysts feel. The average increase of new cellular connections is 15 millions every month. India is the fastest growing cellular market in the world for the last consecutive three years.
As per DoT information, the digit 9 would be added before every number to make from ten digits to eleven digits.