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Monday, 13 May 2019 12:58

COAI wants action against sale of mobile signal boosters on e-commerce sites

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The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) on 11 May approached the Department of Telecom (DoT) requesting it to enforce a ban on the sale of mobile signal boosters and repeaters on certain e-commerce sites.

It said sale of such illegal items not only violates norms but also hampers service quality for subscribers. The group has already made a direct 'cease and desist' appeal to e-tailers with no results.

As per COAI, it has requested e-commerce companies to see the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) Wing's directive of May 2016 on online sale of wireless sets and equipment. COAI has mentioned Amazon's stance on the matter that the onus of complying with laws in this regard rests with sellers.

COAI requested DoT's WPC wing to firmly put on record its past position of 2016 that in event of such sale, the responsibility lies not only with sellers and buyers but also with the e-commerce site which acts as the platform/intermediary.

Amazon spokesperson said, "Amazon operates an online marketplace 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."

In its letter to DoT, COAI wrote, "We therefore request DoT/WPC to kindly intervene in the matter and take up the issue of ban of sale of these illegal repeaters and boosters on the e-commerce websites/platforms with these e-commerce companies."

It added: "Further, the import of repeaters is under restricted category wherein they are required to obtain due licence from WPC wing and it appears that these repeaters are being imported in contravention to the specified norms by ineligible person/ companies."

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