TEC Certification in India

According to Indian telegraph (Amendment) rules 2017, every telecom equipment manufactured or imported for installation in India has to compulsory go through testing in order to get Tec certification. The telecom equipment’s are tested in Indian accredited labs and certificate is issued by TEC based on the results of these tests reports. Certification is valid for 5 years but the test reports are valid for 1 year only.

Note – Kindly note that telecom equipment certification must be done before selling & importing telecom equipment’s in India.


What Is Included In Our Package?

Eligibility Consultation

Document Preparation

Application Drafting

Government Fees

Focus areas for TEC Certification

Online portal development for administration of MTCTE (Mandatory testing & certification of telecom Equipment’s) in discussion with the telephone equipment manufacturers, traders and testing laboratories.

Regular & continuous interaction with stakeholders. For ex- Shareholder’s meet.

Managing of MTCTE Procedure

Managing of the Type approval/interface approval process.

Monthly statement preparation regarding the certificate issued by TEC, sale of documents & fee collection etc.

Setting the price & distribution of different TEC documents such as GR/IR/standards/TSTP’s etc.

Issue of various certificates & record maintenance and updating the same on TEC website online.

Types of approval for TEC Certification

There are two types of approval –

  1. Type approval
  2. Interface approval

1) Type Approval - Type approval is an approval given to a telecom product or network on meeting TEC generic requirements (GR). Type approval is given after evaluating the sample of the product and confirming that the same is compliant with the approved generic requirements. The sample of the product should be completed in all respects and fully equipped with the maximum capacity or indicates the need required by GR for testing. This certificate is given after checking the technical aspects of the telecom product and evaluating the same against all the clauses of generic requirements. This approval cannot be given on evaluating the part of the specification clauses; it will be given if it is found compliant against all the GR clauses. This approval is given to eligible candidates only for whom the eligibility criterion is given below.

An applicant can be –

  • A Manufacturer involved in native equipment production for which TAC is sought. The process of manufacturing could be at any production level – CKD or SKD
  • Traders (fully owned Indian companies) importing product from foreign manufacturers/sources
  • Traders involved in importing & selling of products in India.
  • Wholly owned establishments of foreign companies in India for trading activities.

Any Indian manufacturer’s, authorized traders or dealers of foreign manufactured telecom equipment’s, licensed operators or local office of a foreign telecom equipment manufacturer having RBI permission to sell or import their principal product is eligible to take approval in order to get TEC certificate.

Applicant approach TEC for the product approval and to do the payment of prescribed fee for the generic requirement. TEC grants the type approval in the name of the applicant, particular model of the product, particular software version and for under production at specified site. The product must be produced on the specified manufacturer’s site under manufacturer model number & serial number.

The applicant must be a manufacturer for indigenous products at any stage of integration /value addition of the product i.e. CKD, SKD etc. A firm needs to apply for each product brand separately in case if the firm manufactures the same product under different brand names for different dealers.

Every trader needs to approach TEC separately for type approval in case of foreign manufactured product being sold by more than one trader in India. Separate model number is allotted in case trader or the manufacturer makes certain changes to the product or modify it for any reason. In such case, trader needs to apply again for TEC certification to certify the product.

Checklist Of Type Approval

The check list or the documents needed for Type approval are given below –

  1. Form – A (Duly signed by authorized signatory)
  2. Forwarding letter
  3. Paragraph wise compliance report as per generic requirements under TEC and test results as per test schedule and procedure.
  4. System specifications containing features & facilities
  5. Industrial license/Certificate of incorporation/SSI registration, Permission of RBI to open branch office, FIPB clearance (if applicable) (Company registration proof in case of limited and private limited companies, import and export code in case the trader is not registered but importing the product)
  6. User’s operating manual
  7. Foreign collaboration copy (If applicable)
  8. Supporting technical document of the product which includes installation document, operation and maintenance manual)
  9. Undertaking from the applicant that there will be no hardware or software changes
  10. Old certificate copy (in case of change in name or address)
  11. Affidavit attested by Notary public for each product/model
  12. Authorization letter from the manufacturer appointing a trader for the product specifying the validity period (Fixed or open ended) along with MOU (if available)
  13. EMI/EMC test results and certificates from authorized accredited labs as per generic requirement under TEC.
  14. RTEC’s infrastructure assessment for the product indigenously manufactured by the applicant. RTEC’s infrastructure assessment for test & repair facility in case of a trader.
  15. Test instruments and calibration certificates of those instruments.
  16. Every page of the submitted documents should be signed and stamped by the authorized signatory.

2) Interface Approval - Interface approval is an approval given to a telecom product or network on meeting TEC interface requirement (IR). Interface approval is given after evaluating the sample of the product and confirming that same is compliant with the approved interface requirement. The sample of the product should be completed in all respects and fully equipped with the maximum capacity or indicates the need required by IR for testing purpose. This certificate is given after checking the technical aspects of the telecom product and evaluating the same against all the clauses of interface requirement. This approval cannot be given on evaluating the part of the specification clauses; it will be given if it is found compliant against all the IR clauses. This approval is given to eligible candidates only.

Any Indian manufacture, authorized traders or dealers of foreign manufactured telecom equipment’s, licensed operators or local office of a foreign telecom equipment manufacturer having RBI permission to sell or import their principal product is eligible to take approval in order to get TEC certificate.

Applicant approach TEC for the product approval and to do the payment of prescribed fee for the interface requirement. TEC grants the interface approval in the name of the applicant, particular model of the product, particular software version and for under production at specific site. The product must be produced on the specified manufacturer’s site under manufacturer model number & serial number.

The applicant must be a manufacturer for indigenous products at any stage of integration /value addition of the product i.e. CKD, SKD etc. A firm needs to apply for each product brand separately in case if the firm manufactures the same product under different brand names for different dealers. The trader is required to disclose the source of product manufacturing. Every trader needs to approach TEC separately for interface approval in case of foreign manufactured product being sold by more than one trader in India.

Separate model number is allotted in case trader or the manufacturer makes certain changes to the product or modify it for any reason. Trader needs to apply again to TEC to certify the product.

Checklist Of Interface Approval

The check list or the documents needed for interface approval are given below –

  1. Form – A (Duly signed by authorized signatory)
  2. Forwarding letter
  3. Paragraph wise compliance report as per interface requirements under TEC and test results as per test schedule and procedure.
  4. System specifications containing features & facilities
  5. Industrial license/Certificate of incorporation/SSI registration, Permission of RBI to open branch office, FIPB clearance (if applicable) (Company registration proof in case of limited and private limited companies, import and export code in case the trader is not registered but importing the product)
  6. User’s operating manual
  7. Foreign collaboration copy (If applicable)
  8. Supporting technical document of the product which includes installation document, operation and maintenance manual
  9. Undertaking from the applicant that there will be no hardware or software changes
  10. Old certificate copy (in case of change in name or address)
  11. Affidavit attested by Notary public for each product/model
  12. Authorization letter from the manufacturer appointing a trader for the product specifying the validity period (Fixed or open ended) along with MOU (if available)
  13. EMI/EMC test results and certificates from authorized accredited labs as per interface requirements under TEC.
  14. Test instruments and calibration certificates of those instruments.
  15. Every page of the submitted documents should be signed and stamped by the authorized signatory.

Product list which require for TEC Certification

Recently, India TEC issued a list of products for which the TEC certification is mandatory. The list of the following products are given below -

Product Scheme Category Effective Date
Executive Telephone System SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
NSD/ISD Payphone SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Electronic Telephone Instrument SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Key Telephone Systems SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
2-Line Feature Phone SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Coin Box  Telephone SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Terminals for connecting to PSTN SCS A Apr. 1, 2019
CLIP Phone SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Audio Conferencing Facility Device SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Multi Line Telephone System SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Group 3 FAX  Machine SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Modem SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Cordless Phone GCS A Jan. 1, 2019
Point of Sales (POS) Terminal GCS A Apr. 1, 2019
GPON Equipment GCS B Apr. 1, 2019
DSL Equipment GCS B Apr. 1, 2019
IoT Gateway GCS B Apr. 1, 2019
Tracking Devices GCS B Apr. 1, 2019
Smart Electricity meter GCS B Apr. 1, 2019
Smart Watch GCS B Apr. 1, 2019
Smart Security Camera GCS B Apr. 1, 2019
Router GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
LAN Switch GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Mobile Handsets and Dongles GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Mobile BTS GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Compact Cellular Network GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Mobile Repeater GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Microwave Communication Equipment GCS C Jan. 1, 2019
UHF/ VHF Communication Equipment GCS C Jan. 1, 2019
Mobile Radio Trunking System Equipment GCS C Jan. 1, 2019
Equipment Operating in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz GCS B Jan. 1, 2019
Satellite System equipment GCS C Jan. 1, 2019
IP Terminal GCS B Apr. 1, 2019
Media Gateway GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Signaling Gateway GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Session Border Controller GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Soft Switch GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
ISDN CPE SCS A Jan. 1, 2019
PABX GCS B Apr. 1, 2019
Telephony Application Server GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Telephony Media Server GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Multiplexing Equipment GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
SDH Equipment GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
DWDM Equipment GCS C Apr. 1, 2019
Digital cross Connect GCS C Apr. 1, 2019

What TEC does not Cover?

Tec does not cover the following –

  1. Test instruments
  2. Modules/spare parts/components
  3. Power supplies
  4. Solar equipment
  5. Passive telecom components i.e. Antennae, towers, waveguides, smart cards etc.
  6. Integrated systems & networks having more than one telecom device.
  7. Batteries

Process of Testing & Certification of Telecom Equipment’s

The process of testing and certification of telecom equipment’s are given below –

  • In the first step, applicant applies for the TEC certification by filling Form–A online and submits the same to TEC along with the required documents.
  • In the second step, TEC checks and verifies all the applicant details along with the required documents.
  • After verification of application as well as documents, TEC sends the sample of the product to accredited labs in order to test the product.
  • After checking the sample of the product, report is made on the basis of test and shared with TEC which decides that whether the certification will be provided to the applicant or not.
  • If test reports are found satisfactory by TEC, a TEC certificate will be issued to the applicant which will be valid for 5 years.
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