Mobile Number Crunch : DoT to Put Cap on Mobile Connections Taken By An Individual to Nine

According to our exclusive sources, India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is all set to put cap of maximum 9 mobile numbers/ SIM card taken by an individual or on Single Name in next few days. As current 10 digit mobile number series is fast approaching limit, with country’s mobile subscriber base (GSM and CDMA) estimated to surpass one billion, and an inefficient number allocation system.

According to the new rules, a customers can not hold more than 9 connections from all service providers in a single name in a services area/telecom circle. Customer has to declare in the CAF number of mobile connections held in his/her name with other operators at the time of buying new connections.

Presently there is no cap on mobile connections for an individuals and the new limit of “9 Mobile Connections” will be implemented from November 9th, 2013 thereafter the existing individual mobile subscribers may need to surrender their old mobile connections, if they want new mobile connections or having mobile connections exceeding the new limit of nine numbers.

All current mobile phone number series in India are rapidly being used up and coming closer to capacity, as the country’s subscriber base is estimated to shoot past one billion by middle of 2013 and it could be a “serious problem” if  issue not resolved by the middle of next year.

Mobile numbers in series of 98, 99, 94, 92, 93 and some more are allotted to service providers in batches and they are associated with them for common recognition. This batch system or particular series helps overcome ambiguity, and chaos during the subscription for new mobile connections. But the curious case here is, that not all of these numbers have been put to use as mobile numbers. While some people get used as spare connections, a large chunk remains inactive as we can see the VLR data from telecos, which seems to be a concern of DoT (Department of Telecom) officials, and something which they will be looking at during this problem.

Apart from the cap on Mobile Connections, one solution is introducing 11-digit phone numbers or adding one more digit in all existing series of mobile numbers although the Department of Telecom (DoT) is also looking at alternatives, more details are awaited.

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Pooja shah
Pooja shah
June 17, 2016 7:45 pm 7:45 PM

Can someone clarify whether 9 sim card can be obtained from every service provider, so if there are 6 operator then 9 sim from every operator so it wil be 54 sim or the total of all service provider sim should be 9.

shubham kumar
shubham kumar
April 15, 2016 3:32 pm 3:32 PM

we take maximum no idea sim but 6 sim are closed ,what we can take new idea sim?

Rohit
Rohit
February 19, 2016 5:10 pm 5:10 PM

If I have 9 activated sims under my name then 10th can be activated or not , how can it be known, does respective company tells about that u already have 9 activated sims or not ?

ashish
ashish
December 30, 2015 4:15 pm 4:15 PM

what happened if i have more than 9 mobile connection on my name.?

Ganesh kumar yadav
Ganesh kumar yadav
December 24, 2015 6:28 am 6:28 AM

Mere name pe kitna sim activ hai

lavy Nannar
lavy Nannar
November 25, 2015 6:17 am 6:17 AM

Hii… I want to know weather any sim is issued under my name without my knowledge( through any kind of fraud means like some retailers do those days) please let me know weather there is any kind of institution through which I can get information on this matter…. Thanks

gaurav
gaurav
November 2, 2015 8:04 pm 8:04 PM

I took a sim on my name and
verification is not completed then I contact
with customer service they told
me that 9 sim already been
issued by my name. But I am
not using those sim card. I want
help. I want to close all number
that I am not using. I want to
know how I will close those
numbers.

Arka de
Arka de
October 16, 2015 10:40 pm 10:40 PM

I took a sim on my name and verification was also completed. But after few days my sim had got blocked. But when I contact with customer service they told me that 9 sim already been issued by my name. But I am not using those sim card. I want help. I want to close all number that I am not using. I want to know how I will close those numbers.

Shiju Thomas
Shiju Thomas
September 29, 2015 4:30 pm 4:30 PM

How to know that how many sim card are issued by my name mean ls my id.

purnima biswas
purnima biswas
September 18, 2015 12:28 am 12:28 AM

How to know that how many sim card are issued by my name mean ls my id.
how many sim card are registered with my name.

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