Department of Telecommunications announces change in landline dialling rules

New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced a change in the manner of dialling the number from landlines to mobile from January 1, accepting the suggestion of the sector regulator. According to the information received, from January 1 all landline holders will have to first charge 0 for calls on mobile.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in May recommended first putting '0' for all such calls to create a sufficient number of seats for telecom service providers. In this regard, the telecom department has also issued a circular on 20 November. The Department of Telecommunications said the announcement could be fed into a fixed-line switch, indicating the need for fixed-line subscribers to first dial 0 for all calls on mobile. This announcement should also be made when a subscriber makes a mobile call from a fixed landline without the first 0.

The department has asked the telecom operators to allot the number series, mobile and fixed-lines and submit information about the usage of the series. The details of the series will have to be submitted by January 15 of next year. In the recommendations made in May, TRAI said that a revised and new National Numbering Scheme (NNP) should be released as soon as possible and suggested ways to free up unused capacity to make room for mobile services.

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