The M2M SIM will move to 15-digit the 1st July 2017
The 1st of July 2017, the mobile numbers of the M2M (Machine to Machine) SIM of Orange Business Services will increase from 11 to 15 digits.
This change, pursuant to ARCEP* resolution**, is aiming to preserve the 11-digit numbers resource for interpersonal communications while the M2M and connected objects (Internet of Things) market is booming.
The application of this resolution is mandatory for any mobile provider licensed under the French Law. All M2M Customers using mobile numbers resource of France are impacted by the change whatever their mobile operator.
Here are the consequences on your Machine to Machine service subscription.
What impact on the subscription?
The application of this decision does change neither your Machine to Machine terms nor the relating services.
However, this new numbering will affect the display of the mobile call number and may impact its transmission. Compliance with the 15-digit format may require adaptation on your IT systems and applications.
What is the number format?
M2M SIM currently have the 11-digit number format: 33 6 xx xx xx xx or 33 7 xx xx xx xx
From the 1st July 2017, the new M2M SIM will get the 15-digit format: 33 7 00 xx xx xx xx xx.
This number format complies with the E.164 standard of the International Telecommunication Union (international public telecommunication numbering plan).
What about existing lines?
The M2M SIM delivered before the 1st of July 2017 will not change and will keep their 11-digits number.
A mix of 11-digit and 15-digit numbers will then appear on the M2M Portal and on the invoices.
What changes on operators interconnections?
No. The interconnections between the different operators or networks are maintained and calls between 11-digit and 15-digit are possible.
* ARCEP : « Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes » - French regulation authority
** ARCEP resolutions: No. 2012-0855 (17th July 2012) & No. 2015-1295 (22nd October 2015)