According to the Manufacturers Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the Department of Telecommunications’ (DoT) reforms regarding the mandatory testing and certification of some products will have a cascading effect on the growth of electronics and telecommunications sectors. 

As per the DoT’s reforms, products such as routers, cordless phones and transmission terminal equipments, LAN switches and access points have been moved from mandatory testing to a self-certification regime. 

The changes under the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment will come under effect from January 1, 2023 and are expected to help companies reduce time in certification of products before their sales and distribution stage. 

The shift has resulted in the reduction of the certification timeline by months and helped reduce the high costs of certification according to Harish Krishnan, Chairman, MAIT Ease of Doing Business Committee. 

Col AA Jafri, Retd., Acting Director General MAIT added that MAIT aims to work with the government to ensure that such regulations help strengthen India’s capability while proliferating broadband and 5G services in India.