Reliance Jio will soon be rolling out mobile numbers starting with digit ‘6’. The telecom operator got the nod from Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for 6-series mobile numbers to fulfil the demand of potential new subscribers.
However, such mobile numbers will be currently available in Rajasthan (60010-60019 MSC codes), Assam (60020-60029 MSC codes) and Tamil Nadu (60030-60039 MSC codes).
Reliance Jio is currently the only operator who has gotten permission to sell 6-series numbers.
Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio furthermore received 7-series MSC codes for Gujarat and 8-series MSC codes for Kolkata and Maharashtra.
Release by the Department of Telecommunications. Source: DoT
“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,” the release states.
MSC code is a mobile number series allotted to each operator in various telecom circles. They are the first 5-digit of your mobile number, and it varies from circle to circle.
The Department of Telecom assigns new MSC codes to telecom operators if they garner over a million subscribers in a telecom circle.
The 6-series numbers had to be allocated as the Indian telecom sector has witnessed over 21 million subscriber growth in November 2016, amassing a total of 1.12 billion customer base of the telecom industry, mainly because of the entrance of Jio in the industry. Hence this lead to the depletion of 9, 8 and 7 series mobile numbers.
Allocation of new MSC codes is likely to continue in the future as Reliance Jio is still offering free call, SMS, data and Jio Apps services until 31st March 2017. The telecom operator currently has over 70 million subscribers and is expected to cross the figure of 100 million by the month of March according to analysts.
Moreover, Jio’s success has severely impacted its partner Reliance Communications. RCom, owned by Mukesh’s brother Anil Ambani, has reported a net loss of Rs 531 crores in the October-December quarter of 2016.
The statement released by Reliance Communications said:
The company suffered a net loss of Rs. 531 crores during the quarter … This was the first full quarter after the company’s complete shutdown of its profitable CDMA operations.”
Before its launch in September, Jio had signed a spectrum sharing deal with Reliance Communications for the 800 MHz band across seven telecom circles.
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