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ICEA lauds DoT’s move on easing import norms

February 28, 2019
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According to the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), the Department of Telecommunications’ (DoT) move to ease the import norms would help the industry in launching new products quickly.

Earlier, the handset makers were facing problem at customs due to a lack of clarity on the number of units that can be imported. According to ICEA, the DoT’s move would allow import of up to 1,000 units of a given handset model, for the purpose of research and development (R&D) and testing, to be exempt from the equipment type approval (ETA) regime.

Recently, the DoT had sent instructions to liberalise import norms for the prototype, sample products, and test and measurement equipment in license-exempt bands without the need for ETA. The ETA from the DoT has been one of the prerequisites for importing products operating in the license-exempt bands, and the new instructions to the Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing (WPC) are aimed at ease of doing business.

Meanwhile, Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT had stated earlier that the ETA had been exempted for samples for prototyping so that made in India can be benchmarked with latest types and models.

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