| Rokiah Mahmud |
TWO control procedures are implemented by Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) currently for imported mobile phones, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof said.
This applies to companies wishing to import telecommunications and radio communication devices, including mobile phones.
“Parties wishing to import mobile phones must obtain a Dealer Licence from AITI, while the telecommunications and radio communication devices require the Type Approval from AITI,” said the minister.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib was responding to a question from Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Haji Umarali bin Esung on the safety of imported mobile phone devices.
The minister explained that through the Type Approval, AITI will investigate – among other actions – the technical specifications of the equipment or mobile device to ensure that they are able to operate in Brunei properly, in an orderly manner and safely, to protect the safety of consumers.
In such cases where mobile phone sellers in the country are registered with AITI, in the event of a worldwide device recall as seen with the recent Samsung Note 7 mobile phone issue where its battery was found to be prone to exploding, the AITI may decide to take appropriate action.
“This is related to battery and power bank issues, and as a result, the Department of Civil Aviation has issued an advisory on the procedure for carrying and using power banks in the aircraft,” the minister noted.
The minister advised the public to purchase telecommunications equipment and mobile phones that have Type Approval from AITI, noting that the devices will be labelled with special stickers showing the approval.