Sim Based M2M Devices – The Telecommunications Department (DoT) has given its approved for the proposal for starting issuing 13-digit mobile numbers for the SIM-based machine-to-machine (M2M) services. After that, the Department has notified all the telecom providers about the scheme. DoT also asked the telecom providers for the issuance of such SIM Cards for M2M Devices. Now, these mobile numbers will replace 10-digit mobile numbers. Apart from this, the Telecommunication department has DoT has already sent a letter to various departments of Central government on 9 February 2018.
What are Sim Based M2M Devices?
These M2M devices are the internet enabled devices like Point-of-Sale (PoS) machines or other machines like refrigerators which communicate through SIM Card. These devices refer to cellular network driven remote communication between 2 machines for automation needs. Besides this, all the application of M2M devices varies from Smart Appliances to smart home systems and other connected vehicles.
Also, this decision does not have any effect on mobile phone SIM Numbers. Also, the Telecommunication Department will also implement this 13 digit M2M SIM Numbers Scheme from 1 July 2018.
13 Digit SIM Mobile Numbers for Sim Based M2M Devices
All the new M2M connections will get sanctioned 13 digit mobile numbers only from 1 July 2018. After that, all the telecom service providers must make sure that their IT and other network elements are aligned for 13 digit number system for M2M SIM Cards before 1st July 2018.
Accordingly, govt. will start the migration process of existing M2M SIM Numbers to 13 digits before 1 October 2018. Moreover, this entire process of migration of SIM Card numbers from 10 to 13 digits must get completed before 31 December 2018.
10 digit Retail Mobile Numbers
People have a doubt that whether the retail mobile numbers of 10 digits will get changed to 13 digit SIM Card Numbers which is not the case. Therefore, we are clearing your doubt that your 10-digit mobile number scheme will remain applicable for the citizens. As this 13-Digit Mobile Number scheme is only for M2M services which Indian Telecom Providers gives as a part of their enterprise offerings.
Several Telecom Operators such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, RCom and BSNL are offering M2M enterprise customer services. For example, Airtel M2M offers Smart Metering, Asset Tracking Solutions, Equipment Monitoring Solutions and Traffic Management Solution.