The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) yesterday notified the criterion for allocation of additional 13-digit M2M numbering resources after the allocation of initial 5 million numbering resources.
The Telecom Department had in 2016 approved the utilization of 13-digit numbering series for SIM-based M2M devices co-existing with 10 digit mobile numbering scheme. DoT had issued 5 million 13-digit M2M numbering series per LSA to telecom service providers in 2018 for commercial purposes.
The VLR criterion-based mobile numbering series allocation is set to be adopted for the allocation of 13-digit M2M numbering resources as SIM would be used in a similar way as mobile connections. The only difference is the addition of port-in numbers and deletion of port-out numbers as MNP is not allowed in M2M numbers.
The access service providers will have to first approach the respective LSA field units for certification of VLR figures and then submit their requisition from LSA field units to DoT HQ enclosing therewith the LSA fields certified figures.
|Numbers Allocated (N)||VLR Figure (V) as % of Number Allocated (V/N)|
|Less than 5 million||Subject to minimum of 40%|
|5 million to less than 20 million||Subject to minimum of 25%|
|20 million to less than 50 million||Subject to minimum of 50%|
|50 million to less than 100 million||Subject to minimum of 55%|
|100 million to less than 150 million||Subject to minimum of 60%|
|150 million to less than 200 million||Subject to minimum of 65%|
|200 million and above||Subject to minimum of 70%|
The allocation of M2M numbers will be in the trench of 5 million at a time as compared to 1 million of mobile number resources allocation at a time presently. 13-digit M2M numbering resources will be issued if the VLR figures reached the count notified by DoT.