So rare, Japan is starting to run out of phone number


Illustration Illustration - When the number of connected devices such as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, the need for telephone numbers will continue to increase because the devices also need a telephone number.

The Ministry of Communication of Japan plans to make another 10 billion telephone numbers, each consisting of 14 digits number. This step was taken as preparation if later the 11-digit telephone number currently in use would expire in the coming 2022.

Reported by Japan Times, on Friday, May 17th 2019, the proposal is currently approved by three major operators in Japan, namely NTT Docomo, KDDI, and SoftBank. And these new numbers - if there is no obstacle - will be introduced before 2021 ends.

The 10 billion numbers that will be created will start with the number '020', which is the prefix number used by Japan for IoT devices. Even though it was only introduced since 2017, this initial 32.6 million numbers are used at the end of March 2019, even though there were only 80 million in total.

With the launch of the 5G network in Japan in 2020, the number of connected devices will increase a lot. Then the remaining numbers will run out faster. This problem not only hit Japan. In 2014 a number of areas in the UK began using a 5 digit area code, even when making local calls.

This must be done because the numbers in the area have started to run out. But now the British telecommunications regulator is starting to think about the possibility of eliminating the use of the area code entirely because of the use of IP-based telephone networks in the UK.


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