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TRAI moots change in CDMA numbering

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New Delhi , Dec 23

THE Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended a change in the numbering scheme of CDMA mobile services to bring them on par with the GSM mobile numbers.

Currently, while the GSM mobile numbers are 10 digits, the CDMA numbers are of eight digits.

According to an official statement from the authority, "based on the principle of level playing field, all fully mobile cellular services irrespective of technology deployed should be treated at par as far as numbering scheme is concerned. Numbering scheme for full mobility provided by the existing basic service operators who have migrated to unified access service licence should be at the same level as that of GSM cellular subscribers."

The authority noted that for CDMA Mobile and GSM services, will have to begin with 9. Further, all unified access licensees should be directed to implement the numbering changes within 15 days from the date of acceptance of TRAI recommendations.

It also recommended that the numbering scheme for limited mobility service provided by any service provider using any technology shall be such that while following the existing numbering scheme for fixed services, the limited mobility service can be distinguished from fixed/ full mobility services by the customer with full ease.

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