The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has issued a notification dated 2nd December, 2022 to clarify on certain matters pertaining to International Mobile Equipment Identities (IMEIs) of locally manufactured phones. Several stakeholders had raised requests on matters of removal of export requirements and an extension in timelines for registering IMEIs of locally manufactured phones.
DoT has examined the requests of various industry associations on the above matters and has notified the following conclusions:
- The requirement of registration of IMEIs of mobile phones being manufactured in India for export is kept in abeyance till further orders.
- The request to give additional 3 months’ time for the rules to be effective is not accepted and rule 4 (1) of the Prevention of Tampering of the Mobile Device Equipment Identification Number (Amendment) Rules, 2022 shall come into force with effect from January 1, 2023.