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November 2018

COMPULSORY CERTIFICATION OF CATV & BROADBAND PRODUCTS



In 2017, the government issued a notification, making it compulsory for a wide range of products imported or sold in India, be tested & certified.

The compulsory testing certification of such a large variety of products will create a strain on the testing labs, and inconvenience and or delay their import and sale.

The government therefore provided for an extended deadline for implementation of the notification. The notification kicks in from 1st January 2019.


CATV: JAN 2019 DEADLINE

The following telecom equipment imported or sold in India on or after 1.1.2019 shall be subjected to testing and certification:

Telephone Instrument; Modem; Audio conferencing equipment; Fax machines; ISDN CPEs; Radio & Transmission products including Microwave, UHF & VHF equipment; MRTS Equipment; Satellite equipment; WiFi Access Points & Controllers; DWDM Equipment; Digital Cross Connect; Multiplexing Equipment; SDH Equipment and Cordless Phones.

The above list of equipment includes most of Cable TV RF equipment, Satellite reception hardware, optical equipment used in Cable TV distribution & broadband equipment installed in consumers' homes.






GPON: APRIL 2019 DEADLINE

The following telecom equipment imported or sold in India on or after 1.4.2019 shall be subjected to testing and certification:

GPON equipment; DSL Equipment; IP Terminal; PABX; Media Gateway; Signalling Gateway; SBC; Soft Switch; Mobile Devices; BTS; Repeater; Compact Cellular Network; Router; LAN Switch and IoT Devices; and any other Telecom equipment not indicated in para 1.

For our industry, GPON equipment are the main products that must be certified by April 2019.


TEST & CERTIFICATION

The mandatory testing and certification, must be done in accordance with the 'Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment Procedure' (MTCTE Procedure). This procedure has been separately notified by the Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) vide circular TEC/ M P /DD/TCP-702/02. 0ct18.

The circular also details the testing & certification procedure, scope, list of equipment exempted, applicable certification scheme, labelling guidelines, certification fees and other details. n