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India Updates Procedure for the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment


Indian Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) has recently published the final procedure for the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE). This document defines the process that TEC will apply for all telecom equipment in India. Some categories of product will require certification from January 1, 2019, others from April 1, 2019.

The table below contains the product categories subject to the MTCTE and incliuding the mandatory starting date for certified equipment in each category:

Certification Process

Each category of products has a document defining the Essential Requirements (ERs) that need to be met to achieve certification. ERs are expected to cover:

  • EMI/EMC

  • Safety

  • Technical requirements specified by TEC (relevant to the product category)

  • Other requirements from any other Indian government agency—not identified so far

  • Security requirements as defined by Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT)—not identified so far

Two certification schemes are defined:

  • General Certification Scheme (GCS)—an application must be supported by test reports demonstrating conformity with the ER

  • Simplified Certification Scheme (SCS)—application indicates test results where necessary and includes a Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)

Products relevant to the GCS category must be supported by test reports. These reports must come from a designated CAB and be less than one year old from the date of application. However, in the initial phase of the introduction of the MTCTE, TEC will accept foreign test reports (from any accredited lab) that are less than 5 years old until March 31, 2019.

The existing TEC type or interface approvals based upon previous Interface Regulations (IR) or General Regulations (GR) can be converted to the new scheme with incremental testing according to the new ER. The TEC certificate will be valid for the remaining period of the original approval certificate.

Certification applications must be handled by an Indian entity or company. Non-Indian manufacturers will need to provide a local applicant with documentation to demonstrate that they are authorized for sale and support of the product(s) in India and are authorized for the MTCTE related responsibilities.

Labeling Requirements

Certified products must be labeled with the TEC logo, the certificate number, and the model number. The product documentation must also indicate that the product conforms with the Essential Requirements mandated by TEC. In the case of mobile handsets and tablets, it is possible to use e-labeling instead of a physical label.

Complex, Modular, and Product Families

The MTCTE procedure does not apply to individual modules (neither telecom or radio modules) and is intended for end products only. Each model should be tested and certified under the MTCTE. However, TEC has defined processes to deal with product families and telecom products that use modular interface cards:

  • Pizza box models—where a single PCB or motherboard is used for creating several different models with different configurations of network access ports. The high-end model can be used to certify itself and associated models on a single certificate (up to 10 associated models allowed).

  • Chassis based models—where a backplane and common processing/logic/power supply cards are used to host a range of different functional cards. In this case, once chassis populated with the largest variety of interface cards can cover lower models built around the same chassis (up to 10 associate models).

  • Family based models—covers the scenarios of multiple chassis and a potentially large number of functional cards that could be inserted in any of the family chassis depending on individual customer requirements. This situation can be covered by the same certificate when all chassis and all functional cards are tested at least once. Any combination that is selected from the pool of tested chassis and pool of tested functional cards is covered by the same certificate.

Exclusions from the MTCTE

The following equipment is not covered by the MTCTE and does not require certification:

The further list specifies “items presently not covered by the MTCTE”:

Conclusion:

  • TEC has published the final procedure for the MTCTE

  • Some categories of product will require certification from January 1, 2019, others from April1, 2019

  • There are 2 certification schemes: General Certification Scheme (GCS) and Simplified Certification Scheme (SCS)

  • Certified products must be labeled with the TEC logo

  • There are three way for family approval: Pizza box models, Chassis based models, and Family based models

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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