Centre’s ‘advisory’ for mobile phone manufacturers: Ensure FM radio receiver on all handsets – ET Government

The advisory comes following the reports of mobile phone manufacturers not including the built-in FM radio in new handsets.

Clearing the air over compliance norms regarding the government backed digital information network, the FM radio, the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has issued an advisory to all mobile phone manufacturers in India, requesting them to ensure that the FM radio receiver function is not disabled in phones sold in the country.

The advisory comes weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched as many as 91 FM transmitters of 100 Watt to widen the radio connectivity in the country. The Union ministry has also asked the new phone manufacturers who currently do not offer the FM radio feature to include this feature on the mobile handsets to be sold in India.

The Union government has directed the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) and Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAID) to distribute the advisory to all mobile phone manufacturers and brands.

The advisory comes following the reports of mobile phone manufacturers not including the built-in FM radio in new handsets. In the past, all phones, including smartphones, had built-in FM radio. The Union government has maintained that the FM broadcast was a reliable communication system, particularly during natural disasters, as it serves as a vital link between local authorities and the public. FM broadcast is also considered the most effective means of disseminating early warnings and informing people to take action to protect themselves.

The Centre has also emphasised the importance of the extensive network of FM transmitters and FM radio available in India, which played a significant role in the country’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The recently launched FM Transmitters at 91 locations across 84 districts in 20 states have further widened the reach of while enhancing the network of transmitters with All India Radio from 524 to 615, which covers 73.5 percent of the country’s population.

Apart from this the Centre has also cleared a proposal to install 63 additional FM transmitters across the country. The Centre maintains that the wide reach of FM radio service and easy availability of FM receiver-equipped mobile phones has led to the growth of FM services in remote regions.

  • Published On May 9, 2023 at 02:22 PM IST

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