Landline users will soon be required to add ‘0’ prefix for making calls to mobile phones in the country, Â as The Department of Telecom has accepted sectoral regulator Traiâ€™s recommendation for having the â€˜0â€™ prefix for such calls, a move that will create sufficient numbering space for telecom services.
The telecom department has asked telcos to make necessary arrangements by January 1 to implement the new system. The Department of Telecom (DoT) in a circular on `modification of dialling pattern from fixed line numbers to cellular mobile numbers’ said in order to ensure adequate numbering resources for fixed-line and mobile services, Trai’s recommendations dated May 29, 2020, have been accepted by the Department.
“Following may be implemented…Fixed-to-mobile calls shall be dialled with the prefix ‘0’. The suitable announcement may be fed in the fixed-line switches to apprise the fixed-line subscribers about the requirement of dialling the prefix ‘0’ for all fixed-to-mobile calls,” DoT said in a circular dated November 20. This announcement should be played whenever a subscriber dials a fixed-to-mobile call without prefixing ‘0’, it said.
â€œAll the fixed-line subscribers should be provided with `0′ dialling facility, that is, STD dialling facility,” reads the circular.
“Compliance of the same may be intimated,” DoT said.