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Guide to RITEL: Technical Regulations for Internal Telecommunications Networks in Colombia


On July 16. 2018, The Commission of Regulation of Communications (CRC) issued Resolution № 5405. It modifies Resolution № 5050 dated by November 21, 2016 and contains Technical Regulations for Internal Telecommunications Networks (RITEL). RILTEL establishes minimum requirements for the design and construction of the infrastructure supporting networks for internal telecommunications and the network for the access to the service of terrestrial digital television .

Internal telecommunications network is formed by the network support (rooms, cameras, boxes, ducts, pipes, etc) and network components (cables, connectors, power strips, and other necessary elements) integrated into the network.

RITEL is applicable to manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of the components used in the construction of infrastructure supporting networks for internal telecommunications in buildings. The infrastructure supporting networks for internal telecommunications contain the following elements:

- CCTV cameras

- external pipeline

- rooms and/or cabinets for telecommunications equipment

- low-voltage switchgears

- cables

- antennas, towers, masts, brackets, anchors, braces, and turnbuckles

- ducts

- connecting supplies

- tubes, etc.

Components and materials used for the construction of the infrastructure supporting networks for internal telecommunications shall also comply with the requirements of RETIE and the NTC 2050. Components and materials used for the construction of the infrastructure supporting networks for internal telecommunications that compliant with the requirements of RETIE and do not require a new conformity assessment certificate for compliance with RITEL.

Before cell products that are subject to RITEL and are going to be used for the network support and terrestrial network television broadcasting, manufacturers, importers or sellers must prove the compliance through the Certificate of Conformity issued by a certification body accredited by ONAC.

The procedure of the acceptance of certificates of conformity for third countries or countries of origin is established by the regulations and by the ONAC in connection with the mutual recognition agreements.

Regulatory bodies:

Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC)—supervision and control of compliance with technical regulations.

ONAC—national accreditation body.

The Ministry of Information, Technologies, and Communications (MINTIC)—monitoring and control of sound broadcasting and control of network providers and services.

The Commission of Regulation of Communications (CRC)—an authorized body responsible for review, update, and interpretation of RITEL.

RITEL is to be reviewed by the CRC every 5 years, since it enters into force. Applicants will be able to request a review earlier if they could prove the necessity to CRC.

Resolution № 5405 also cancels Resolution № 4262 dated by 2013 and containing the first edition of Technical Regulations for Internal Networks Telecommunications (RITEL).

RITEL will come into force starting from July 7, 2019.

Information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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