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In order to facilitate the general public and, as per Telecommunications Act 1996 & Regulation, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) mandate is to ensure that mobile devices being imported conform to technical standards laid down by international standardization bodies and do not pose any health or frequency issues in licensed spectrum being used in Pakistan. Moreover, contrary to certain media reports, PTA has not imposed any restriction on import of mobile devices (new or used).
In light of Federal Cabinet decision, PTA complied with the directives and Type Approval Regulations, DIRBS regulations & SOP were amended. Accordingly, all entities planning to import a type approved model (new or used) can do so from ease of their location by submitting documents via PTA online mobile device registration system (https://www.dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs). This is done to create ease of doing business for all and enabling them to apply via automated system.
It is also clarified, that Groupe Speciale Mobile (GSMA) is not an approving authority on mobile phone bodies. It is an international organization to which manufacture applies for issuance of Type Allocation Code (TAC).