Reliance Jio has introduced and allotted new 6-series MSC codes, and become the first telecom provider in India to offer mobile numbers that begin with 6. These new 6-series MSC codes are already issued in three states – Assam, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu.
The company has been given permission by the Department of Telecom (DoT) to issue 6-series numbers, and has been allotted MSC (mobile switching code) codes in the 6-series for the same.
Department of Telecom has issued 6-series MSC codes in three Indian states Assam, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu. Reliance Jio reportedly got 60010-60019 MSC codes in Rajasthan, 60020-60029 MSC codes in Assam and 60030-60039 in Tamil Nadu.
In Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, it received 7-series MSC codes, and in Kolkata and Maharashtra, it received 8-series MSC codes.
The DoT said, “In consideration to the request of service providers, the undersigned is directed to convey approval of competent authority Sr DDG (AS) for allotment of MSC Codes.”
In the Indian telecom industry, operators have so far been allotted mobile numbers in 9, 8, and 7 series. Reliance Jio’s entry, along with its free data and voice offers, gave birth to a large number of subscribers increasing demand by many folds. Mobile numbers that start with 9, 8, and 7 series are reportedly set to be exhausted soon.
According to Telecom Authority of India’s recent data, Indian subscriber base grew by 21.02 million to cross 1.12 billion in November 2016. Most of the credit for this goes to Reliance Jio.