New Delhi: Reliance Communications on Wednesday rolled out its new GSM mobile number series beginning with ‘8´ instead of the usual ‘9´ in the Delhi-NCR circle.
The new series numbers of ‘8010xxxxxx´ would be available on both GSM pre-paid and post-paid platforms, a company statement said.
For over 15 years, India has been using mobile numbers starting with ‘9xxxxxxxx´. But with the phenomenal growth in the mobile telephony with over one crore subscribers being added every month, the DoT is facing exhaustion of the 10-digit mobile numbers.
It is exploring various options like converting the Unique Identity Number (UID) into mobile number as well as introduction of 11-12 digit numbers.
RCom is learnt to have got approval for using the series 8 in Maharashtra and Goa also.
“Reliance has always taken pride in meeting high customer value expectations. Now, we take pleasure in providing a completely new number series to customers,” Rcom Regional Head (Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan) C S Rana said.