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COAI requests government to drop proposal of mandatory local testing of telecom equipment

June 27, 2017

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has requested the government to drop the proposal of mandatory local testing of telecom equipment used in India post certification from third party global bodies.

According to COAI, the proposed move will create potential supply chain disruptions, thereby increasing the cost of telecom services. Further, the move would restrict market access, leading to import delays and add to the financial woes of the debt-ridden sector. Moreover, the proposal will act as a “direct deterrent” to the Make in India initiative of the government, as per COAI.

COAI has suggested that rather than adding another layer of testing, the government could continue the existing practice of assessing reports issued by internationally reputed testing bodies, and may review them from time to time.

Earlier, Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) had also requested the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to drop the proposal of mandatory testing of telecom equipment. ASSOCHAM had said that the testing of the end-to-end equipment would add one more layer of regulation and may go against the spirit of ease of doing business.


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