With 1,485,800 mobile subscribers in December 2012, against 1,294,100 in 2011 and a penetration rate of mobile phone 114, 86% in 2012, a new numbering plan that is necessary to enable innovation. It is argued that this new numbering plan of 8 digits for all fixed and mobile networks to generate 80 million and 10 million numbers to numbers using a mobile network.
According to the Information & Communications Technology Authority (ICTA), this migration has several advantages. Thus, the transition to 8 digits will allow subscribers to retain their mobile phone numbers. So far, a number that is not used for a certain period is placed "under quarantine" by operators, followed by deactivation, to be subsequently allocated to another user. With migration, it is possible to preserve life and his phone number. "Migration is a key to the Mobile Number Portability step (mobile number portability)," says ICTA.
The numbering plan to eight digits for only the users of mobile networks and users in a fixed position on a mobile phone operating system. It will necessarily add '5 'and that from midnight on September 1, 2013, otherwise the call will fail, says ICTA. The emergency numbers, such as 115, will remain unchanged.
Changing the numbering plan involves practical issues and constraints. There is the fear of losing their contacts abroad. It is thus necessary to inform all subscribers, especially those who are abroad, add a '5 'before the mobile number from 1 September 2013, at midnight and change cards, among others. Users will also change all the numbers one by one by adding the prefix '5 'existing numbers. This can be a binding or long especially for those who have a busy year address book.
ICTA, aware of these issues started yesterday, a countdown of 100 days to prepare the public for this important change in the press, posters, billboards and leaflets through an intense campaign awareness. This so that the change applies to all mobile operators happens without hiccups. "The strategy is to minimize these risks where the result of a communication campaign so that users prepare for the migration," says the authority is confident of the reliability of this campaign. The authority has also organize outreach sessions for the population in order to raise awareness.
The number "5" will be the new prefix will be added to the existing seven numbers listed in the table below and that, from September 1, 2013 at midnight.
Existing seven-digit numbers corresponding numbers to eight digits after September 1, 2013 (00:00)
25x-xxxx 525x xxxx
29x-xxxx 529x -xxxx
49x- xxxx 549x-xxxx
82x- xxxx 582x-xxxx
86x- xxxx 586x-xxxx