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    Mandatory testing and certification of telecom equipment (MTCTE) in India

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    The Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules, 2017, provides that every telecom equipment must undergo mandatory testing and certification prior to sale, import or use in India.

    This is regulated through a scheme called MTCTE (Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment). MTCTE covers 55 types of telecom products along with associated variants. Testing is carried out to check conformance with essential requirements of the equipment, by labs designated by TEC. Certificates are issued by TEC based on the test reports.

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    MTCTE Objectives :

    1. Any telecom equipment doesn't degrades the performance of an existing network to which it is connected.
    2. Safety of end-users
    3. Protection of users and general public by ensuring that radiofrequency emissions from equipment do not exceed prescribed standards.
    4. Compliance of telecom equipment with relevant National, international regulatory standards and requirements.

    There are 2 types of certification schemes:

    1. General Certification Scheme (GCS)- Under this scheme, the applicant shall be required to submit test wise compliance along with test reports, in respect of parameters included in ERs from any designated CAB or recognized CAB of MRA partner country. The test results shall be evaluated for compliance against respective ERs.
    2. Simplified Certification Scheme (SCS)- Under this scheme, the applicant must submit a test wise compliance sheet along with a Self-Declaration of Conformity (SDoC), in respect of parameters included in ERs. All other rules/ procedures applicable in case of GCS shall apply in case of SCS, except that test reports are not required to be submitted by the applicant or evaluated by TEC. TEC however, reserves the right to ask the applicant to submit a copy of the report in case it is required.

    The technical regulations prescribed under this framework are in the form of Essential requirements (ERs) that include:

    • Safety
    • EMI/EMC
    • Technical requirements (Including wireless / RF)
    • Security: To be notified by DoT
    • Other requirements: To be notified by DoT

    Products covered by TEC/MTCTE include:

    • 2 wire-telephone equipment
    • G3 fax machine
    • Modem
    • Cordless telephone
    • PABX
    • ISDN CPE
    • Transmission Terminal Equipment
    • PON family of broadband equipment
    • Feedback device
    • Base station for cellular network
    • Repeater for cellular network
    • Compact cellular network
    • Smart camera
    • Smart watch
    • Smart electricity meter
    • Tracking device (with Embedded SIM)
    • IoT Gateway
    • End point device for environmental monitoring
    • Equipment operating in 2.4 & 5Ghz band
    • Transmission terminal equipment
    • Optical Fibre (single mode)
    • Satellite communication equipment
    • Radio broadcast receiver
    • Mobile radio trunking system
    • HF radio
    • VHF/UHF radio system equipment
    • PTP/PMP microwave fixed radio system
    • IP security equipment
    • Router
    • LAN switch
    • Precision time control Grandmaster equipment
    • IP multimedia conferencing equipment
    • Mobile Management Entity
    • POS
    • Conferencing equipment
    • Signalling Gateway
    • Media Gateway
    • Softswitch
    • Digital Subscriber Line equipment
    • Session border controller
    • Base station controller
    • Mobile switching centre
    • Equipment identity register
    • Subscriber identity module
    • OTA platform & device manager platform
    • Home location register
    • Serving GPRS support node
    • Serving gateway
    • Mobile management Entity
    • Short message service centre
    • Cell broadcast centre
    • Service control point
    • Operation maintenance centre
    • Gateway mobile location centre
    • Service mobile location centre


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