DoT to liberalise import norms for prototypes

Chennai: The telecom department (DoT) has issued instructions to liberalise import norms for prototype, sample products, and test and measurement equipment in ‘licence exempt bands’ by doing away with the need of ‘equipment type approval’.

The move is aimed at helping promote ‘Make in India’ by manufacturing latest and high-tech products for the domestic market as well as for exports, and to encourage domestic research and development activities and innovation, an official statement said.

The devices with radio-interfaces include mobile handsets, laptops, notebooks, smart accessories, short-range devices, cameras, scanners, and printers. In addition, DoT has also enabled equipment type approval (ETA) through self-certification in its step forward for commercial or finished product imports under the above categories.

This, the statement said, would simplify regulatory regime, while ensuring compliance as well as reducing transaction costs. “These measures will enhance ease of doing business in the regulation of consumer wireless products and reduce timelines for clearances,” it added.