This means that Reliance Jio will effectively be able to offer new mobile numbers starting with ‘6’ moving forward in the above mentioned states. The report states that this is done to meet the demand of more one million new subscribers. “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.
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 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.
Reliance Jio reached 72.4 million subscribers as of December 31 since its commencement of operations on September 5. To recall, Reliance Jio had crossed the 50-million subscriber milestone in just 83 days since launch back – adding an average of 600,000 subscribers a day.