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Reliance Jio to offer mobile numbers with digit ‘6’ at the start

Reliance Jio or sometimes called RelJio is the last entrant in the telecom industry and because of the huge rise in number of subscribers, numbers staring with 9,8 and 7 may be exhausted soon.

tech Updated: Feb 22, 2017 10:20 IST
HT Correspondent
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Reliance Jio or sometimes called RelJio is the last entrant in the telecom industry and because of the huge rise in number of subscribers, numbers staring with 9,8 and 7 may be exhausted soon.

If you are looking to apply for a new Reliance Jio SIM card for connection, then you might get a mobile number starting with the numeral 6.

Reportedly, the department of telecom (DoT) has allowed Reliance Jio to start offering new phone numbers with 6 as the first digit as it has received huge number of requests for new connections. However, Reliance Jio will only launch the new numbers in some circles for now.

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The report also saud that the DoT has issued 6-series codes in 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.

“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 department said.

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Till now the DoT had alloted numbers starting with 9,8 and 7 series. Reliance Jio’s free data and voice over took the market by storm resulting in huge demand for new connections. According to Telecom Regulatory 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.

Currently, Reliance Jio reached 72.4 million subscribers as of December 31 since its commencement of operations on September 5. Jio had crossed the 50-million subscriber mark in just 83 days since launch back - adding an average of 600,000 subscribers a day.