The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked telecom service providers to start issuing 13-digit numbers for SIM-based machine-to-machine (M2M) services, which will co-exist with 10-digit numbers.
There have been plenty of rumors going around on social media that the government of India is intending to change the mobile numbers of the phone users of India. However, this news is not true. M2M number is meant for machines, the ones connected to the internet. M2M or SIM-based IOT devices will be impacted by this.
It has been stated that 13 digit M2M mobile number will be implemented from July 1. The deadline for the completion has been set as December 31, 2018. While the news is 100 per cent true, it will no have any impact on the regular mobile users in India.
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) can be described as the interaction between devices and machines (it could be Airplane, Ship, connected cars, or Bicycle) that are connected to the internet and to each other. The M2M SIM card is required to connect these devices to the internet, though these can be used on regular mobiles as well. However, telecom operators like Vodafone, Airtel, etc have dedicated M2M offerings for such communications. The deployment of M2M in sectors like transport, power, utilities, logistics, health, and shipping has enormous potential to boost the economic development of the country.