U.S. Wants India To Review Telecom Equipment's Testing Policy

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Washington: The US government wants India to review its domestic testing policy on telecom equipment besides asking New Delhi to change its policy on registration and testing requirements of toys and its products.

"The US Government and industry continue to press India to reconsider the domestic testing policy and to adopt the international best practice of using international common criteria and accepting products tested in any accredited lab, whether located in India or elsewhere," the US Trade Representative (USTR) said in a report.

The annual report of the USTR on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) referred to "unwarranted or overly burdensome standards that make it difficult for American manufacturers to sell their products abroad."

"In 2009 and 2010, India imposed new requirements in telecommunications service licenses, including mandatory transfer of technology and source codes as well as burdensome testing and certification for telecommunications equipment.

Following extensive engagement with trading partners including the United States, India eliminated most of these requirements in 2011," it said.

"In doing so, however, India adopted new telecommunications licence amendments that continue to require, among other things, that as of April 2013, testing of all telecommunications equipment deemed to raise security concerns take place in India," the report said.

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Source: PTI
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