DoT eases wifi-equipped phones’ import, to speed up imported handsets rollout, Telecom News, ET Telecom


NEW DELHI: Companies promoting imported units needn’t require a allow from the Telecom division for handsets with wifi and bluetooth options, in accordance to an official notice, which might quicken the roll out of imported telephones within the nation. The Department of Telecom (DoT) on September 11 issued a memorandum stating that import of cell handsets having bluetooth and wifi could be regulated underneath the overseas commerce coverage.

“Import of mobile handsets having bluetooth/wifi may be regulated in accordance with provisions of Exim policy…,” the Wireless Planning Commission (WPC) underneath the DoT mentioned within the notice.

Importers are required to get tools kind approval (ETA) certification from the WPC for merchandise like Radio Broadcast Transmitter, TV Broadcast Transmitter, Communication Jamming tools and so forth.

The Indian Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) mentioned DoT has come up with a clarification which says that import of cell handsets doesn’t require WPC import licences and due to this fact all imports of handsets ought to be regulated based mostly on the DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) ruled import circumstances.

The DGFT has outlined import of handsets as a freely importable merchandise with out requirement of any WPC licences in contrast to for different merchandise reminiscent of Radio Broadcast Transmitter, TV Broadcast Transmitter, Communication Jamming tools and so forth, the ICEA mentioned.

The WPC has additionally exempted pattern units with wifi and bluetooth which might be imported for testing objective solely from tools kind approval (ETA) certification. However, ETA certificates might be required if the check system has to be used within the nation.

ICEA, Chairman & National President, Pankaj Mohindroo mentioned that the transfer of the Telecom ministry utterly put at relaxation the confusion over whether or not cell handset imports are lined underneath the WPC import licensing circumstances or not.

“While as per the DGFT import conditions, mobile handset as a product category is always exempt from WPC licensing condition as it is defined as a freely importable item, however of late there was confusion in certain sections of the regulatory and compliance environment related to existence of such an exemption, which had brought fresh challenges for the industry,” Mohindroo mentioned.

The DoT has additionally issued clarification on import of cell phones underneath IMEI Cloning Detection and Restriction (ICDR) system.

Import of cell phones with duplicate, faux and non-genuine worldwide cell tools id is banned in India

The DoT mentioned that IMEI certificates are issued mechanically by the system on-line and customs officers want to log-in in to the ICDR system for verification of the IMEI certificates and clearing consignment.

“There are no charges for issue of IMEI certificate through ICDR system,” the DoT notice mentioned.

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