India may run out of mobile numbers by 2013

All current mobile phone number series in India are rapidly being used up and coming closer to capacity, as the country’s subscriber base is estimated to shoot past one billion by 2013.In a report,Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), said there could be a “serious problem” if a new series of numbers is not brought in by the middle of next year.
“We are theoretically reaching the limit of existing number sets with a subscriber base of one billion,” he said.
One solution is introducing 11-digit phone numbers–adding one more digit–although the Department of Telecom (DoT) is also looking at alternatives, he added.

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