As of September 2013, Mexican telecommunications agency, Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL), has been replaced by IFETEL (Federal Institute of Telecommunications). IFETEL is in charge of Mexico telecom type approval processes for all equipment that require local testings for import to Mexico.
IFETEL’s responsibilities include:
Defining the radiofrequency bands to be used for telecommunications and broadcasting that can be utilized by concessionaires;
Granting concessions and approve any concessions transfer;
Issuing/updating regulations for the telecom industry;
Identifying and regulating monopolies.
All products that use a frequency to transmit and/or receive signals and all telecom products that connect to the PSTN or public network must be certified by IFETEL. Equipment utilizing the following frequency bands: 902-928 MHz, 2400-2483.5 MHz, and 5725-5850 MHz require in-country testing.
When NOM standards are applicable:
A local representative is required;
In-country testing is performed in applicable product categories;
Certification of a family models is possible. Each member of the family has its own IFETEL No.
When NOM standards are not applicable:
Approval will be based on expert evaluation of documents;
Certificate is definitive;
In-country testing is not required.
All products approved under the IFETEL Scheme should be labelled as follows:
For products with on-board/integrated radios: “IFETEL: xxxxxxxxxxxxx”
For host products containing approved modules: “This product contains an approved module, Model No. xxxx, IFETEL No. xxxxxxxxxxxxx”
IFETEL has frequency restrictions depending on the type of equipment.
For the majority of the product types, the first certificate (temporary) is valid for 1 year, and then it is allowed to apply for a permanent certificate.
Information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.