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An Overview of T.E.C. Certification

T.E.C. stands for Telecommunication Engineering Centre. The Authority of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications has advised “Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules" in Gazette of India visual G.S.R. 1131(E), PART XI on 5th September 2017, which prescribes compulsory testing and Certification of Telecommunication products. Any telegraph that uses or capable of being used with any telegraph established, maintained or worked under the license obtained by the Central Government under the provisions of section 4 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 (starting now referred to as the said Act), shall have to undergo prior compulsory testing & Certification in respect of parameters as determined by the telegraph authority from time to time.

Telecommunication Engineering Centre, New Delhi, by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), which among other things, is the telegraph authority for testing and T.E.C. Certification. Under these rules, the detailed procedure for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE) notifies separately. The testing is to be accomplished by Indian Accredited labs based on their test reports, and the certificate shall grant T.E.C. Certification.

Licensed Service Area (L.S.A.) field units of the Department of Telecommunications carry out surveillance of products under MTCTE.

Why is a T.E.C. Certification mandatory?

The T.E.C. certificate is vital to ensure the safety of end-to-end users. In addition, it subdues the radio frequency emissions of the equipment to ensure the well-being of the users and the public.

The significance of the T.E.C. certificate is not limited to the safety of the user or the public. However, it also averts telecom equipment from humiliating the performance of the other equipment. As demonstrated, the T.E.C. certification ensures that telecom products comply with the conformant national and international standards and provisions.

Eligibility Criteria for T.E.C. Certification

Requirements that are mandatorily needed to fulfil for being eligible for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment, also known as MTCTE, are stated as follows –

  1. An Authorised Signatory provided by the Authorised Indian Company
  2. Foreign O.E.M. must appoint an Indian Authorised Company, which will then act as a representative for the MTCTE certification process.
  3. MoU between the Foreign O.E.M. and the Indian Representative Company, if applicable.
  4. Indian Producers need to provide the entire required legal document that provides the proof of registration.
  5. An Indian Recognised Lab, according to the approval of T.E.C., Conducted the Approved and Valid Test Reports.
  6. The Branding Details of the Product
  7. The Trademark Details of the Product
  8. The Registration Detail of the Company

Different Types of T.E.C. Certificate Approvals

  1. E.C. Type Approval: T.E.C. type approval grants the Generic Requirement (G.R.) standard; these standards are organised by functions equipment type. Moreover, T.E.C. type Approval requires telecom testing in India; it may also require E.M.C. and environmental testing.
  2. E.C. Interface Approval: T.E.C. Interface Approval is granted based on Interface Requirements (I.R.) standards made by available equipment types and typically defined network interfaces.
  3. BSNL TSEC (Technical Specification Evaluation Certification): Getting a BSNL TSEC certificate is a protracted and demanding process because it includes laboratory testing of the equipment functions, environmental testing & infrastructure assessment to procure the BSNL TSEC approval.

Note: Additionally, the T.E.C. process of getting the BSNL TSEC approval is not restricted to complying with the process only. However, it might also include some additional requirements.

List of Equipment that requires T.E.C. Certification

Following are some critical requirements for equipment under T.E.C. Certification and the needs to obtain the T.E.C. process,

  • Radio broadcast receivers
  • F. radio
  • Mobile radio trunking system
  • LAN switch
  • Smart camera
  • Soft switch
  • Signalling gateway
  • Mobile user equipment
  • Compact cellular network
  • Session border controller
  • Router
  • Tracking devices
  • Smart electricity meter
  • Cordless telephone
  • Modem and others

Note: the equipment for T.E.C. Certification has been divided into three groups (Group A, Group B, and Group C); turn on the time and complications in obtaining the certificate or completing the T.E.C. Procedure.

Documents Required for T.E.C. Certification

Following are the documents required for the T.E.C. certification in India:

  • Product name, brand name, and model number of the product.
  • To complete the T.E.C. procedure, Address the manufacturing unit.
  • Copy of Trademark, and if the manufacturing unit is not the owner of the Trademark, you must submit an authorisation letter from the Trademark owner.
  • To complete T.E.C. Process, a sample of the products, including jade maximum and accessories to use the product uninterruptedly, must be submitted.
  • Components of the safety critically of the equipment.
  • C.B. design & circuit diagram of the equipment.
  • Bill of material (BoM).
  • Specifications of the series model.
  • If the case of a foreign manufacturer, you must submit the information details of the Authorized Indian Representative (A.I.R.). 

Procedures for obtaining T.E.C. Certification

Step 1: initially, complete the process of T.E.C. Certification Registration.

Step 2: As you do with the process of T.E.C. Certification Registration, you will be allotted a testing laboratory accredited under T.E.C. for testing telecom equipment.

Step 3: After successfully submitting the sample for testing, you will procure the test report.

Step 4: If your equipment complies with the standards and requirements, you must submit the documents and the marking fee.

Step 5: Your equipment is certified and can use the T.E.C.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Telecommunication Engineering Centre is the full name of T.E.C., which serves the objective of assisting the Department of Telecommunications, also known as DoT, established by the Indian Government.

The main objective of T.E.C. is to develop and implement various policies and standards to ensure the utilisation of emerging and constantly changing technologies to maintain safety & security.

There is only one usage of a T.E.C. certificate, the authorisation to import in the Indian region and sell telecommunication products across India.

Once you obtain the T.E.C. certificate, you can add the T.E.C. mark to your product's package in a visible spot.

T.E.C. Certification validity is for five years.

The issuance T.E.C. Certification process can take up to 30 days from the date of application. This duration also varies based on the product category, the requirement of tests, etc.

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