On December 30, 2018, the Costa Rican Government published Resolution № RCS-358-2018, which significantly modifies the Resolution RCS-332-2013 making a set of amendments to the existing approval (Homologation) process for mobile telecommunications devices.
Key changes are:
- To apply for homologation, the applicant must meet the requirements for the registration by the General Quality Directorate (DGC) of the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL). The applicant must deliver the required documents to the SUTEL office in person.
- If the applicant complies with the existing requirements, he is registered on the SUTEL homologation website.
- The Resolution outlines the information and documents that may be submitted online during the homologation process using credentials provided after registration.
- The DGC issues the “Accessibility Permission” (Oficio de Admisibilidad) in case of compliance with all foregoing requirements and identifies suitable testing facilities (experts accredited by the SUTEL for testing) and characteristics of samples provided for testing — three devices, which IMEI codes were mentioned in the application.
- The devices that have successfully completed the homologation process get a certificate of homologation issued by the DGC.
- The approved device must contain the corresponding physical mark (must be affixed to the internal part of each approved device) or digital mark (must be displayed clearly and in readable font size on the terminal screen when accessed from the device options menu). Example of a physical mark:
- The DGC will conduct inspections to verify compliance with the foregoing requirements and will use certain penalties in the case of non-compliance.
- The Resolution outlines a procedure for receiving extended certificates for the previously approved equipment when its software has been updated.
- The Resolution outlines various reasons for rejecting applications. For example, if a device doesn’t comply with all the tests set in this Resolution or isn’t operating in the international mobile telecommunications bands (IMT) according to the current Costa Rican National Frequency Allocation Plan (PNAF) or if its IMEI does not comply with requirements of the Resolution.
The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.
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