DoT to amend Indian Telegraph Rules to locally screen imported mobile phones, BIS to frame mobile phone standards


DoT cannot legally demand such compliance from operators since a mobile phone is a consumer good and outside the broad definition of `telegraph’, which only includes telecom network/infrastructure equipment.DoT cannot legally demand such compliance from operators since a mobile phone is a consumer good and outside the broad definition of `telegraph’, which only includes telecom network/infrastructure equipment. 

KOLKATA: The telecom department plans to tweak the Indian Telegraph Rules (ITR), 1951, by including `mobile phones’ within the definition of the word “telegraph” to ensure mobile operators only deploy cellphones deemed safe after being screened at a local test lab, said an internal note seen by ET.

At present, DoT cannot legally demand such compliance from operators since a mobile phone is a consumer good and outside the broad definition of `telegraph’, which only includes telecom network/infrastructure equipment.

The proposed amendment comes at a time when the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has been mandated to frame safety and product standards for cellphones in coordination with DoT’s technical arm, Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC).

“Legal enforcement of mobile standards under a (mobile operator’s) licence conditions cannot be done unless ITR is amended to include mobile phones within the definition of `telegraph’,” the internal DoT note shows.

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SOURCE: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/

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