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Stop sale of telecom signal boosters without licence: COAI to e-tailers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Telecom industry body COAI has asked leading such as Flipkart, and to stop selling mobile signal boosters as their sale without a valid licence is a punishable offence.

In a letter to players, the (COAI), whose members include Bharti Airtel, and Reliance Jio, mentioned mobile signal boosters and repeaters that require licence are being sold on their platforms.

"Thus, it is pertinent to note that possession and sale of such equipment, without obtaining requisite permissions under the (Indian Telegraph) Act and rules framed thereunder constitutes violation of the provisions of the Act and is punishable offence," COAI said.

The letter was sent separately to Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Amit Agarwal, Kunal Bahl, and CEO

Mathews said boosters and repeaters of under the definition of and under the Indian Wireless Telegraph Act, which prohibits their sale without a licence.

He cited Section 6 of the Act that states: "Whoever possesses any in contravention of the provisions of Sections 3 shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees".

The had also written to in 2015 and 2016 asking them to stop sale of products and equipment that require licence but the have not stopped their sale.

A said, "As an intermediary, Snapdeal has a robust takedown mechanism in compliance with its legal obligations. COAI's communication will be acted upon as per due process."

An India said: "Amazon operates an in India. Sellers selling their products through the marketplace are solely responsible for all necessary product compliance and are required to sell products which are legally allowed to be sold in India. Whenever concerns about the listed products get raised, we review the case with the sellers.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 22:49 IST