One of the various solutions of the likely problem is allotment of 11 or 12-digit phone numbers. The telecom department is looking towards other solutions as well.
Allocation of numbers to operators is done in batches, which entirely depends upon number of factors like the size of subscriber base and efficiency in utilizing existing number sets. The batch system is followed to avoid chaos.
Industry at its end has already started taking steps to deal with the problem. One of the steps is to cancel the connection of inactive users and allot the number to new users.
In July 2012, RCom removed almost all the inactive subscribers from its network. Telecom majors - Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have also done away with their inactive subscribers amounting to around 4 millions in July.
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