The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that landline numbers, like mobile numbers, have 10 digits by the end of 2011. It recommended that the country migrate to an integrated numbering scheme for both fixed landline and mobile numbers.
Mobile operators are currently facing a severe number crunch in the face of rapid user growth. After the “9″ series of numbers was depleted, the “8″ series was announced. Even that is likely to get depleted soon. TRAI dismissed a proposal to make mobile numbers 11 digits, saying that it would inconvenience the existing users.
The existing 10-digit numbering scheme for mobile phones should be continued to avoid inconvenience to customers that would accompany any move to shift to a 11-digit scheme.- TRAI.
Shifting both fixed and mobile numbers to an integrated 10-digit scheme would make enough numbers available for further expansion for about 30-40 years.
The integrated numbering system would also facilitate the extension of mobile number portability to fixed lines. MNP will be available in India by October 31, 2010.