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Phase V of the MTCTE for TEC Certification Published

19. October 2023

Pursuant to the 2017 amendments to the Indian Telegraph Service Rules, the Indian Ministry of Telecommunications and Electronics (TEC) has now set the date from which applications for mandatory certification of Phase V products (ERs) under the telecom equipment testing and certification process in the MTCTE regime will be accepted.
This is in the context of the ongoing testing and certification of telecommunications equipment during the various phases of the MTCTE regime by the said Ministry. The standards to which TEC certifications are to be performed are referred to as Essential Requirements (ER).

Starting on July 1, 2023, the TEC will accept applications for certification of Phase V products. From July 1, 2024, certification of these products will be mandatory in India.
This means manufacturers have one year from the start date to successfully complete the certification.

Test reports from laboratories accredited by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) will only be accepted until June 30, 2024.

The following products fall under Phase V of the MTCTE:

S. No.ProductILAC report acceptance
1.Base Station for Cellular Network for 5GYes
2.5G CoreYes
4.E-band Fixed Radio Delay SystemsYes
5.Converged Multi Service Application Access Equipment (C-MSAAE)No
6.IP TerminalNo
7.Hybrid Set Top BoxNo

Under the Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules of 2017, there is a mandatory certification and testing requirement for telecom products in India. TEC certification must be completed before import into India. In this process, the products must be shown to comply with the regulations called “Essential Requirements” (ER). Product testing must be completed in accredited test laboratories in India.

TEC certification has been around many years before 2019 as a voluntary certification, but since April 2019 the certification has been mandatory and every year the Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) expands the certification catalog and adds more telecom products.

If you are interested in understanding what requirements are needed for your product to be imported into India, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone (Europe: +49-69-271 37 69 261, US: +1 773 654-2673). There is no cost or obligation for us to check for you. If a certification need is discovered we can provide a quotation to make sure that all your certification needs are covered.

For more information about TEC certification, please refer to our free brochure “TEC Certification Made Easy“.

MPR Author

About the author: Julian Busch is founder and managing director of MPR International GmbH
Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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