DoT exempts handsets and smartwatches from mandatory testing regime; Addresses regulatory overlap

The Department of Telecommunications has exempted certain products, including mobile user equipment, mobile handsets and smartwatches, from the scope of its mandatory testing “MTCTE regime”, removing a regulatory overlap that existed, an official said on Saturday. official statement.

Exemptions on these widely used products will reduce the compliance burden and allow industry to deploy products more quickly, he said, adding that the move would also reduce import delays.

“The DoT (Department of Telecommunications), in consultation with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), has reviewed the matter and has now decided to exempt the following products from the scope of the scheme MTCTE: mobile user equipment/mobile handset (mobile phone), server, smartwatch, smart camera, PoS Machine (Point of Sale Devices),” the statement read.

The MeitY carries out compulsory registration of specified goods – such as laptops, wireless keyboards, PoS machines and other electronic equipment – under the Electronics and Information Technology Order 2012. information (compulsory registration requirement).

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has specified “Compulsory Testing and Certification of Telecommunications Equipment (MTCTE)” under the Indian Telegraph Rules (Amendment) 2017 for equipment that can be used for telecommunications.

In a context of increasing convergence of technologies, regulatory overlap has been observed regarding certain products such as the smartwatch, the smart camera, among others.

Representations were also received from industries and associations regarding the overlapping jurisdictions of the DoT and MeitY.

“It has been pointed out that such overlap is a deterrent to the rapid launch of new products. It also increases the cost of compliance for industry,” the statement said.

Removing regulatory overlap in mandatory testing for these products is a “regulatory reform” that will improve the ease of doing business for electronics manufacturing companies and help build India into a $1 trillion digital economy. “Notification to the official gazette in this regard will be published in due course,” he said.


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