Japan is expected to exhaust 11-digit phone numbers by 2022 Japan Times reports.
As a result of this shortage, the country plans to set 10 billion 14-digit numbers before the end of 2021. The Japanese Ministry of Communications is seeking to report on the issue next month.
The plan to introduce new 14-digit numbers has already been accepted by three of Japan's largest mobile operators – NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank.
At present, Japan uses 11-digit numbers starting with 090, 080 and 070 for mobile phones, while the Internet devices of things in Japan use the 020 range.
About 32.6 million of the 80 million Japanese IoT numbers have been in use since January 2017.
IoT devices can make a significant contribution to the shortage of phone numbers in other countries, as the number of Internet devices on things continues to grow.
It is expected that the Internet of Things Industry will grow to value $ 581 billion by 2020, while active IoT devices have already outstripped the number of smartphones that are used globally.
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