In an bid to make things more secure, the Department of Telecom has issued a directive to start issuing 13-digit numbers for machine-to-machine communication. Earlier reports stated that regular 10-digit mobile phone numbers will be converted to 13-digit numbers. However, that's not the case. We reached out to Anupam Shrivastava, CMD at BSNL for clarification. "There is no change in human mobile numbering scheme. This is only for M2M, only when machines need to talk to another machine," he said.
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