December 12, 2006

Five-Digit SMS Code Mandatory

The government has mandated that all telecommunication companies in the country move over to 5-digit SMS short codes, discontinuing the existing 4-digit and 6-digit codes. It is also asking all operators using 4-digit short codes to prefix ‘5’ and convert them to 5-digit codes.

All the existing 5- and 6-digit short codes also have to be migrated to 5-digit codes by replacing the first digit or first two digits with ‘5’. In case of disputes, the DoT would be the final authority for the allocation, sources in DoT said.

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