Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has sought views on the need for a change in the numbering scheme for both mobile phones and landlines to cater to the rising demand for telephone connections, with options including increasing the digits in a mobile phone number to 11 from 10 at present.
In a consultation paper released on Friday on ‘Developing a unified numbering plan’ for fixed line and mobile services, Trai said that even if it is assumed that there will be 200% wireless teledensity in India in 2050, the number of mobile telephones working in the country is likely to be nearly 3.28 billion.The regulator said that even at 70% utilisation of numbering resources, 4.68 billion numbers will be enough to cater to mobile telephones working in the country in 2050.