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New framework for marketing telecoms terminal equipment proposed

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive aimed at simplifying the marketing of telecommunications terminal equipment in all Member States.

The proposal will replace existing Directives dating from the beginning of the 1990s, and will reduce the time take...
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive aimed at simplifying the marketing of telecommunications terminal equipment in all Member States.

The proposal will replace existing Directives dating from the beginning of the 1990s, and will reduce the time taken to bring new equipment onto the market and extend the Single Market to all types of radio and wire-based telecommunications terminal equipment. The new framework will be fast and flexible, and based on self-certification by industry rather than testing by outside bodies.

The new framework, encompassing a much lighter regulatory regime, has been proposed since the existing arrangements have proved to be too cumbersome and lengthy for a variety of reasons. New technologies, reduced product lifecycles, liberalization of telecoms markets and experience with the existing Directives have all contributed to the Commission's proposal for a new lighter framework.
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