PTA Announces Amendments in Mobile Phone Type Approval Technical Standards

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has notified “mobile Phone Type Approval Technical Standards (Amendment) Regulations, 2019”, allowing the import of only 5 mobile devices in a calendar year by a person for personal use.

Further IMEI for the device(s) will contain only GSMA issued Type Allocation Code (TAC) which are reflected within the PTA issued a type-approval certificate or PTA website from time to time.

Mobile Phone Type Approval Amendments Lists Below

Amendment in regulation 5 of S.RO 1492(1)/18—In the Type Approval Technical Standards Regulations, 2018, at page 3168, clause (j) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 5 of S.RO 1492(1)/18, shall be substituted and read as follows:

“Provision of Type Allocation Code (TAC) details (e.g. GSMA TAC Certificate or GSMA TAC Code programmed on applied model device etc.) from GSMA Association in case of the device offering IME1/SIM based functionality. As part {of. evaluation of type approval request PTA will verify applied TAC with ¦GSMA-database and if needed further verification can be asked directly from GSMA for specific TAC. Upon approval of type approval request, all GSMA TAC (excluding those TAC which is placed on a blacklist by the Authority) issued against the specific model to be included”.

Amendment in regulation 12 of S.R.O. 1492(I)/18.—In the Type Approval-Technical Standards Regulations, 2018, at page 3172, sub-regulation (2) of regulation, 12 of S.R.O 1492(I)/18, shall be substituted and read as follows:” Authority shall allow import of PTA type approved models by all Persons by issuing certificate of compliant to Technical Standards for use within PTA/FAB allowed frequency bands as per below conditions:”

Amendment in regulation 12 of S.R.O. 1492 (I)/18.—In the Type Approval Technical Standards Regulations, 2018, at page 3172, clause (a) of sub­ regulation (2) of regulation 12 of S.R.O 1492(I)/18, shall be substituted and read as follows:

a) For SIM/IMEI based Terminal Equipment/ Mobile device(s) on the following conditions:

Parameters Details
/PTA Type Approved

Mobile Device

 

Device shall be a model which is PTA Type approved
GSMA Type

Allocation Code

(TAC)

IMEI for the device(s) will contain only GSMA issued TAC which is reflected within the PTA issued a type-approval certificate or PTA website from time to time. Furthermore, no TAC addition will be required for already type approved model and all new TAC notified by GSMA shall be added as and when‘ made available by GSMA and placed on PTA website
Duplicated/Cloned/

Stolen/Counterfeit

IMEI

 

Devices that contain duplicated/cloned stolen / counterfeit shall not be considered for issuance of CoC  by PTA

 

Undertaking by ApplicantUndertaking by the applicant to abide by all GoP, PTA, regulations, and import terminal equipment which are operational/functional, do not incorporate Duplicated/ Cloned/Stolen/Counterfeit IMEI and provide after sales to its customer

 

Apply via PTA online Portal

 

The applicant shall apply via PTA online portal link available at dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs and upload all listed requirement into the portal system”


Amendment in regulation 12 of S.R.O. 1492(I)/18.-—
In the Type Approval Technical Standards Regulations, 2018, at page 3173, clause (f) of sub-regulation (2) of regulation 12 of S.R.0 1492(I)/18, shall be substituted and read as follows:

(a) “For SIM/IMEI based Terminal mobile device (s) imported by a person for personal use following conditions shall be fulfilled:

Parameter

 

Details

 

GSMA Type Allocation Code (TAC)

 

IMEI for device(s) will contain only GSMA TAC excluding placed in blacklist by the Authority.
Duplicated/Cloned/Stolen/ Counterfeit IMEI 

Mobile devices that contain duplicated/cloned/ stolen/counterfeit

shall not be allowed for the issuance of CoC by PTA

 

QuantityOnly 5 mobile devices in a calendar year will be allowed

 

Apply via PTA online Portal 

Applicant shall apply via PTA online portal link available at dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs and upload all listed requirement into the portal system

 

Foreign Missions including High Commissions and Embassies shall file their COC requests for import of telecommunication equipment through Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, they will have to apply for Type approval for terminal equipment after providing required documents/sample/fee to the PTA.

Amendment in regulation Annexure B of S.R.0.1492 (I)/18—In Annexure-B, at page 3180, serial # 8 of S.R.0 1492(I)/18, shall be substituted and read as follows: –

8Cellular Mobile Handsets, SIM based Tablets with

Functionality, Dongles, Wingles with IMEI/SIM

functionality etc.

5000

 

100

Amendment in regulation Annexure C in S.R.O. 1492(I)/18.—In

Annexure-C, at page 3180, Annexure C of S.R.0 1492(I)/18, shall be substituted and read as follows:

Checklist for Process of Type Approval Documents:

 

Documents Checklist

 

Requirement

 

Application Form

 

Mandatory

 

Application Fee

 

Mandatory

 

Undertaking from the applicant that PTA Regulations/Directives will be followed

 

Mandatory

 

Sample (1)

 

Mandatory

 

After Sales Service Facility/Customer Service Center

 

Mandatory

 

In case of a new company NTN, SECP, City Government, Company Profile etc. details where

applicable

Mandatory

 

Declaration of Conformity (DoC) by the

manufacturer reflecting the applied device standards e.g. RF, Safety, SAR, EMC/EM1 etc

Mandatory

 

Provision of Type Allocation Code (TAC) details (e.g. GSMA’ TAC Certificate or GSMA TAC Code programmed on applied model device etc.) from GSMA Association in case of the device offering IMEI/SIM-based functionality. As part, of evaluation of type approval request PTA will

verify applied TAC with GSMA database and if needed further verification can be asked directly

from GSMA for specific TAC. Upon approval of type approval request, all GSMA TAC (excluding those TAG which is. placed on a blacklist by the Authority) issued against the specific model to be included. Furthermore, manufacturers/type approval holder/persons will ensure that device IME1 Cannot be modified and no such provision will be built in the mobile device for the user to perform such change

Mandatory
Undertaking from the manufacturer that device being type approved is for mass produce consumer purpose only and all native applications installed do not support any customized’ inbuilt encryption as part of its primary device’ functions. Provided that PTA reserves the right to forward relevant device; information to concerned government bodies for – evaluation/clearance as and when deemed necessary,

 

Mandatory
Undertaking from the manufacturer that sanctity/ privacy of the user data shall be ensured

 

Mandatory
Technical Data Sheet, reflecting Specifications for the device e.g. output power, operating frequency, range, etc.Mandatory
System based testing/checking e.g. Operating system, firmware, etc.

 

As and when required by PTA

 

Test Reports for standards reflected within DoC

 

Detailed test reports for standards reflected within Declaration of Conformity shall be submitted to PTA as and when required1 e.g. RF, Safety, SAR, EMC/ EMI etc.

 

 

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