In a recent move, the Indian government has requested mobile phone manufacturers to enable the FM radio receiver function on phones. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued an advisory notice to mobile makers asking them not to disable FM radio receiver function if it’s available in the phone, and also asked those who don’t have the feature to include them.
MeitY believes that FM broadcast is a robust and reliable communication system, which is essential during times of natural disasters. FM radio acts as an important communication link between local authorities and people, especially during emergencies, as it is the most powerful and effective way of delivering early warnings and alerting the public to save lives.
Recently, the Indian government added 91 new 100W transmitters in 18 states and 2 union territories, taking the total network of transmitters with All India Radio from 524 to 615. The government has also approved the installation of 63 more FM transmitters in the country.
Clear sound quality and easy availability of FM receiver-equipped mobile phones have increased the demand for FM radio service in the country. In light of this, the government has requested the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) and the Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAID) to circulate this advisory among all mobile phone manufacturers and brands on a priority basis.
The government’s move to enable FM radio receiver function on phones will undoubtedly help the public stay informed and safe during emergencies. It is also a positive step towards leveraging technology for the betterment of society.