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New Criteria for Certification of Routers, LAN Switches & DWDM Equipment in India

Posted by: Rob Campling Date: 11 May 2023

Regulatory Update: New Criteria for Certification of Routers, LAN Switches and DWDM Equipment in India

If you are a manufacturer or supplier of routers, LAN switches or DWDM equipment in India, you need to be aware of the new criteria for certification under MTCTE. MTCTE stands for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment, and it is a new scheme currently being implemented by the Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) of India to ensure the quality and security of telecom products.

The new criteria, which were announced on 30 April 2023, apply to any model of routers, LAN switches or DWDM equipment that have specialized test requirements, such as operating on high voltage or current. According to the criteria, such products can obtain a provisional certificate under MTCTE for two years, if they meet the following conditions:

  • They submit test reports from ILAC accredited labs (other than from border sharing nations) for EMI/EMC and Safety parameters.
  • They provide a self-declaration of conformity (SDOC) by OEM for technical parameters.
  • They mention the specifications in terms of voltage, current and power requirements in the Bill of Material (BoM) file submitted along with MTCTE application.

The provisional certificate will allow the products to be sold in India until they undergo security testing as per ITSARs (security requirements), which are yet to be announced for LAN switches and DWDM equipment. For routers, the acceptance date of MTCTE applications with security testing has already been announced and will be effective from 1st July 2023.

This regulatory update is intended to provide general information and guidance on the new criteria for certification under MTCTE. It is not a substitute for professional advice or legal opinion.

For more details, please refer to the official notification issued by TEC on its website: https://www.tec.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/TEC-MTCTE-Criteria-for-Certification-of-Routers-LAN-Switches-and-DWDM-equipment.pdf

For further information, please contact our GMA team at [email protected]

 

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