Over the past few years, Telecoms Sector in Pakistan is growing rapidly. Due to the rapid growth of mobile subscribers there is shortage of number, therefore telecoms companies and PTA had been planning to upgrade the entire infrastructure of mobile number formating to accomplish this goal. So they decided to change the 7 digits to 8 digits.
As you all know that our mobile numbers consist of two parts. First part is the mobile operator code (e.g. 0300) and other part is actual number (e.g. 4239385). Current mobile codes consist of 4 digits and subscriber number consist of 7 digits. The proposed solution is to minimize the operator code to 3 digits and the actual number to 8 digits.
Good thing for the subscribers about this solution is that your number will remain same after this conversion if you are using Mobilink, Ufone, Warid, Telenor or Paktel. However there is an impact on the subscribers of AJK, Northern Areas and instaphone.
According to PTA’s latest updates on their site, this scheme will be effective from 1st April, 2008. From April 1st to June 30, 2008 both old and news number will be active. After 1st July, 2008 only new number will be considered valid. More detail can be found on Telcompk & PTA
New Proposed Mobile operator codes are as follows: