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Mobile Numbers to Start With '8'

by on Jul.02, 2009, under News

It's no secret and no surprise that India's mobile market is booming and with it DoT is running out of mobile numbers starting with 9. As a result they will have to resort to allotting mobile numbers starting with the number 8.

A couple of months ago there was also talk of Dot considering an 11-digit numbering system. The telecom department had come up with a 30-year numbering plan in 2003 but the fast growth in the telecom subscriber base has forced the authority to relook into its policy and consider 11-digit numbering system.

DoT will reportedly allocate nearly 10 crore numbers for this out of which 50% will be kept reserve by DoT themselves.

According to TRAI there are 415 million cellular subscribers, compared to 277 million during the same period last year.

This might put in a rush for the so-called VIP numbers that many people are willing to pay big bucks for and funds service providers.

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