The Ministry of Communications on Wednesday said that all Fixed to Mobile calls will be dialed with prefix ‘0’ from 15th January next year. There will be no change with respect to dialling numbers for fixed-to fixed, mobile-to-fixed, and mobile-to-mobile calls.

The Department of Telecommunications has taken the decision of implementing this with the consideration of TRAI Recommendation on “Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services”.

“All fixed to mobile calls will be dialled with prefix ‘0’ from 15 January, 2021,” a statement from the ministry said.

Suitable announcement would be fed in the fixed-line switches for the same. This announcement shall be played whenever a subscriber dials a fixed to mobile call without prefixing ‘0’.

Approximately 2,539 million numbering series is expected to be generated as a result. This will free up sufficient numbering resources for future use.

With the freeing up of sufficient numbering resources, more number of connections can be added in future which will be beneficial to the mobile customers at large.

The changes have been done in order to have minimum inconvenience to the subscribers and freeing up essential numbering resources.