India May Redefine Mobile Phones As Telegraph Devices

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India's current regulations classify mobile phones as consumer electronics but that is likely to change shortly as they are redefined as that cutting edge technology a Telegraph machine.

The changes are being proposed so that mobile networks can be required to submit mobile phones for safety testing until a 1951 law relating to telegraph equipment.

At the moment, only network infrastructure equipment can be subjected to such tests, as mobile phones are classed as consumer goods.

The change, as seen by the Economic Times would modify the Indian Telegraph Rules (ITR), 1951 to include mobile phones within the definition of the word "telegraph".

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is currently drafting the regulations that would be used for handset testing.

On the web: Economic Times

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