Earlier we could differentiate a call whether it’s a mobile number or a landline one, but after Reliance Jio’s new decision to launch mobile numbers starting with the number ‘6’, it’s all going to be a heck of a tough time. States like Assam, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu will be the first to receive such mobile numbers.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has allotted 60010-60019 MSC codes in Rajasthan, 60020-60029 MSC codes in Assam and 60030-60039 in Tamil Nadu. It should also be noted down that Reliance Jio has also got the 9-series MSC codes in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, and the 8-series MSC codes in Kolkata and Maharashtra.
It is to note that such decisions of assigning new series are only taken when a company is able to garner a subscriber base of over a million subscribers in a licensed service area. Hence, this news indeed tells us a lot about Reliance Jio’s success.
Apart from assigning new series to Reliance Jio, DoT has also allotted new MSC codes to Vodafone and Bharti Airtel. Vodafone has been granted new MSC codes in the Tamil Nadu circle. Bharti Airtel has been assigned new MSC codes in Punjab, Rajasthan, and Delhi.
For Rajasthan, Punjab, and Delhi, Airtel has been allotted MSC codes 73397-73406, 73407-73476, 92050-92059 respectively. The new 9-series MSC codes 90680-90689 have been allotted to Airtel for the UP West telecom zone. While Vodafone has been allotted the 8-series MSC codes 82700-82709 for the Tamil Nadu circle
Well, given the kind of gradual rise of mobile subscribers that India is experiencing with 1.21 billion in November last year, this move of introducing a new series number is indeed a good step. There is also a steep rise to this graph as Reliance Jio’s contribution of adding another 80 million subscribers just can’t be ignored. Currently given the kind of speed with which they are acquiring new customers, it seems like within no time they will surpass the 100 million customer base milestone.
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