India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has ordered 100,000 battery replacement batteries from Swiss company ABB for its 1,400 mobile phone and 3G cellular devices.
The batteries will be used to power mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, the ministry said on Thursday.
The ministry has been pushing for the batteries, which are used for smartphones, to be produced by an international supplier, MeitY said.
It has been a long-standing demand of the government for the supply of replacement batteries to be done by an independent battery supplier.
The batteries will replace the battery used in the 1.2-megawatt mobile phone, which is the country’s first-ever mobile phone battery.
The battery will replace about 15 percent of the capacity of the phone’s battery when it reaches end-use.
The phone will also be upgraded with the new batteries, the government said in a statement.
The government plans to roll out the replacement batteries in a phased manner to its citizens by the end of next year.
The new batteries will not only be used in mobile phones but also in the government’s mobile phones.
The government plans also to introduce a free smartphone app in the coming months to allow people to download the new battery.