Department of Telecommunications issues Guidelines for surrender / cancellation of Wireless Operating License and destruction of Wireless Equipment

The Department of Telecommunications via an Office Memorandum dated 7th December, 2018 has issued directions / guidelines for surrender / cancellation of Wireless Operating License and destruction of Wireless Equipments.

Key Highlights:

A. For cancellation / surrender of Wireless Operating License / Decision Letter / Agreement in principle:

  1. The Applicant may submit an application along with the following documents to the concerned office from where the original Wireless Operating License/Decision letter/Agreement-in-Principle was issued/renewed-
  • Original Wireless Operating License/Decision letter/Agreement-in- Principle
  • Copy of FIR in case original document is lost,
  • Copy of updated renewal certificate of Wireless Operating License/Decision letter/Agreement-in-Principle,
  • A Destruction certificate for wireless equipments may be submitted within 30 days from date of issue.

2. The certificate should be issued by

  • Engineer-In-charge / Engineer (Inspection) / Officer-In-Charge of Wireless Monitoring Station of the concerned jurisdiction or
  • Valid Dealer Possession License (“DPL”) holder.

3.  In case equipments are not destructed then following should be submitted within 30 days from the date of issue:

  • Non Dealer Possession License (“NDPL”) for wireless equipments issued by Wireless Monitoring Station of the concerned jurisdiction or
  • Buyback certificate for wireless equipments from DPL holder and Form III showing the stock position.

4. An undertaking by the applicant/DPL holder in compliance of disposal of e-waste generated through dismantling of wireless equipment.

B. For destruction of Wireless Equipments & issue of destruction certificate:

  1. All the electronic components of wireless equipment transformers, resistors, capacitors etc. to be removed from the equipments panel and disposed off.
  2. The wirings inside the panels of the equipment to be cut at two ends and jumbled.
  3. The transmitting / receiving antenna and its components may be disposed off.
  4. Confirmation of the above actions may be sent to WPC Wing, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications and the concerned office from where the original wireless license was issued.
  5. Also the DPL holder should invariably submit quarterly the record to this effect to DPL issuing authority.
  6. Records of destruction certificates may be kept by issuing authorities.
  7. The disposal of e-waste generated through dismantling of wireless equipments may be carried out through authorised dismantler or recycler as per the provisions / guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and  Climate Change, Government of India from time to time.

Note: The possession of wireless equipment after expiry of  Wireless Operating License / Decision Letter / Agreement in principle  is violation of Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933 and liable to be   prosecuted under the said Act.

SourceDepartment of Telecommunications

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