NDTV Profit Team
| Wednesday February 21, 2018
The government, on Wednesday asked telecom service operators to start issuing 13-digit numbers for machine-to-machine (M2M) services, which are based on SIMs. The 13-digit numbers will co-exist with 10-digit numbers, according to a report by news agency Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). In case of M2M services, internet-enabled devices like point-of-sale machines or even the latest refrigerators can communicate via a SIM card. The Department of Telecom (DoT) had okayed the scheme and a letter on it was sent to various departments on February 9, 2018.