Prefix 0 to call from landline to mobile numbers from January

Indian telecom subscribers will have to prefix 0 as they call from a landline to any mobile number starting January 1, 2021.
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The decision will ensure adequate numbering resources for fixed line and mobile services. Telecom regulator TRAI had recommended the move in May this year.

A DoT’s November 20 circular said that all the fixed line subscribers should be provided with 0 dialing facility, STD dialing facility.

All telecom service operators have been allowed time till January 1 to implement the directive.

DoT said that suitable announcements may be fed in the fixed line switches to inform fixed line users about the requirement of dialing the prefix 0 for all fixed to mobile calls. This announcement should be played whenever a subscriber dials a fixed to mobile call without prefixing 0.