DoT amends Mobile Device Equipment Identification Number Rules; mandates phone manufacturers and importers to register IMEI number

DoT has amended the Prevention of Tampering of the Mobile Device Equipment Identification Number Rules, 2017. As per the amendments, mobile phone manufacturers and importers will have to register the international mobile equipment identity number of every phone manufactured in or imported to India with the Indian Counterfeited Device Restriction portal of the government, prior to the first sale or import of the phone. The rule  shall come into force on January 1, 2023 for mobile manufacturers, and, on Sep­tember 26, 2022 for importers.