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ALL FIXED TO MOBILE CALLS TO BE DIALED WITH PREFIX ‘0’ FROM 15TH JANUARY, 2021

ALL FIXED TO MOBILE CALLS TO BE DIALED WITH PREFIX ‘0’ FROM 15TH JANUARY, 2021

Context

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) mandated prefixing “0” for all calls being made from fixed-line or landline phones to mobile phones with effect from January 15.

What has been the change?

  • All calls made from landline to mobile phones will be dialled with the prefix “0” from January 15.
  • Those dealing a mobile number from a fixed-line phone without the prefix will hear an announcement.
  • Dialling “0” before the mobile phone number was a practice followed for outstation mobile numbers before the government allowed inter-circle mobile number portability.
  • There will be no change in dialling plan from fixed to fixed, mobile to fixed and mobile to mobile calls.
  • The 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’.
  •  All fixed-line subscribers will be provided with ‘0’ dialling facility.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The above changes have been done in order to have minimum inconvenience to the subscribers and freeing up essential numbering resources.

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