DoT mandates dialing of prefix '0' before calling from landline to mobile phone starting Jan 15

No change will be made in dialing plan from fixed to fixed, mobile to fixed and mobile to mobile calls.

Nov 26, 2020 08:11 IST India Infoline News Service

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has implemented the consideration of TRAI recommendation on “Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services”.

Among the major key changes that have been announced is that "all Fixed to Mobile calls will be dialed with prefix ‘0’ from January 15, 2021."

Simply put, if you are calling from landline to any mobile phone, then you have to dial prefix 'O' first to take the calling process further.

Notably, no change will be made in dialing plan from fixed to fixed, mobile to fixed and mobile to mobile calls.

The decision has been made to have minimum inconvenience to the subscribers and freeing up essential numbering resources.

The Ministry of Communication said a suitable announcement will be made for the same. This announcement shall be played whenever a subscriber dials a fixed to mobile call without prefixing ‘0’.

To implement the new development, all fixed-line subscribers will be provided with ‘0’ dialing facility.

According to the ministry, a total of approximately 2539 million numbering series is expected to be generated from the above. This will free up sufficient numbering resources for future use.

Further, the ministry highlighted that, with the freeing up of sufficient numbering resources, more number of connections can be added in future which will be beneficial to the mobile customers at large.

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