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Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC)

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TEC Registration / Certification is given to a Telecom Product or network which will be interfaced with Indian Telecom network. Any Original Equipment Manufacturer and Importer, who wants to sell, import, or use any telecom equipment in India, has to obtain TEC Certificate from Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC India), Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India.

The Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules, 2017, provides that every telecom equipment must undergo prior mandatory testing and certification. The detailed procedure for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipments (MTCTE) under these rules has been notified. The testing is to be carried out by Indian Accredited Labs {which have been designated as CAB (Conformance Assessment Body) by TEC}  and based upon their test reports, the certificate shall be issued by TEC.

Groups and Schemes in TEC

Groups in TEC

Groups in TEC refers to the Grouping of types of equipment for which TEC Certification is mandatory. Types of equipment are grouped according to the time and complexity involved in testing the equipment or evaluating test reports. These types of equipment are divided into three groups:

  • Group A,
  • Group B and
  • Group C.
Schemes in TEC

Below are the 2 types of Certification Schemes for notified Telecom Equipment:

  • General Certification Scheme (GCS)

Under this scheme, the applicant has to submit test wise compliance along with test reports, in respect of parameters included in  Essential Requirements (ERs), from any designated Conformance Assessment Body (CAB).

General Certification Scheme (GCS) is applicable to Group A, Group B and Group C equipment.

  • Simplified Certification Scheme (SCS)

Under this scheme, the applicant has to submit a test wise compliance sheet, along with a Self-Declaration of Conformity (SDoC), in respect of parameters included in ERs. Test reports from CAB are not required to be submitted by the applicant or evaluated by TEC.

Simplified Certification Scheme (SCS) is applicable to Group A equipment.

 

  • 2 Wire Telephone Equipment
  • Conferencing Equipment
  • Conferencing and Presentation Equipment
  • Group 3 Fax Machine
  • Data Modem (connectable on 2‐ wire Analog Line)
  • Point of Sale (POS) Devices with or without Biometric Scanner
  • Cord Less Telephone
  • GPON Equipment
  • Media Converter equipment (for conversion amongst E1, WiFi, xDSL, Ethernet and Digital Interfaces over 2 Wire)
  • IoT Gateway with Cellular Connectivity
  • End Point Device for Environmental Monitoring with Cellular Connectivity
  • IoT Feedback Devices with Cellular Connectivity
  • Sensing and Tracking Devices with Cellular Connectivity
  • Smart Electricity meter with Cellular Connectivity
  • Smart Watch with Cellular Connectivity
  • Smart Camera with Cellular Connectivity
  • HF Radio Base Station and User Terminals
  • LAN Switch
  • Mobile Devices including Handsets, Tablets with SIM and Data Card
  • Mobile BTS (Base Station for Cellular Network)
  • Compact Cellular Network
  • Repeater for Cellular Network
  • VHF and UHF Radio Base Station and User Terminals
  • Satellite Communication Systems
  • IP Terminal
  • Media Gateway
  • Signalling Gateway
  • Session Border Controller
  • Soft Switch
  • ISDN Customer Premises Equipment
  • PABX

Mandatory Registration Product List

TEC Certification (India)
S. No.Product NameVariantGroupScheme
12 Wire Telephone EquipmentTelephone instruments and devices, capable of being connected to PSTN telephone line over 2‐wireASCS
Key Telephone SystemsAACS
2Conferencing EquipmentAudio Conference Facility DeviceASCS
Multi Line Telephone SystemASCS
3Conferencing and Presentation EquipmentVideo Conferencing EquipmentBGCS
4Group 3 Fax MachineFAX machine with handsetASCS
FAX machine without handsetASCS
5Data Modem (connectable on 2‐ wire Analog Line)V.90 ModemASCS
V.92 ModemASCS
Voice Band Data Modem (V.21 to V.34)ASCS
6Point of Sale (POS) Devices with or without Biometric ScannerPoint of Sale TerminalAGCS
7Cord Less TelephoneCordless TelephoneAGCS
8GPON EquipmentPON ONTBGCS
PON ONUBGCS
PON OLTBGCS
9Media Converter equipment (for conversion amongst E1, WiFi, xDSL, Ethernet and Digital Interfaces over 2 Wire)Media ConverterBGCS
10IoT Gateway with Cellular ConnectivityIoT GatewayBGCS
11End Point Device for Environmental Monitoring with Cellular ConnectivityEnd Point Device for Environmental MonitoringBGCS
12IoT Feedback Devices with Cellular ConnectivityFeedback DeviceBGCS
13Sensing and Tracking Devices with Cellular ConnectivityVehicle Tracking DeviceBGCS
Asset tracking deviceBGCS
Pet Tracking deviceBGCS
Human Tracking deviceBGCS
14Smart Electricity meter with Cellular ConnectivitySmart Electricity meterBGCS
15Smart Watch with Cellular ConnectivitySmart WatchBGCS
16Smart Camera with Cellular ConnectivitySmart Security CameraBGCS
17HF Radio Base Station and User TerminalsHF Base Station ‐ Baseband plus RadioCGCS
HF Baseband Equipment without RadioCGCS
HF Handheld Portable StationsCGCS
HF Mobile StationsCGCS
18RouterIPv4CGCS
IPv6CGCS
MPLSCGCS
19LAN SwitchL2 LAN SwitchCGCS
L3 LAN SwitchCGCS
20Mobile Devices including Handsets, Tablets with SIM and Data CardMobile HandsetCGCS
Mobile Data Card or DongleCGCS
21Mobile BTS (Base Station for Cellular Network)BTS for GSMCGCS
NodeB for WCDMACGCS
eNodeB for LTECGCS
BTS for MSRCGCS
BTS with AASCGCS
22Compact Cellular NetworkeNodeB CCNCGCS
NodeB CCNCGCS
BTS CCNCGCS
23Repeater for Cellular NetworkGSM RepeaterCGCS
WCDMA RepeaterCGCS
LTE RepeaterCGCS
24Point to Point and Point to Multi‐ point Microwave Fixed          Radio SystemsPTP/ PMP Full Outdoor Microwave SystemsCGCS
PTP/ PMP Split MW Outdoor UnitCGCS
PTP/ PMP Split MW Indoor UnitCGCS
25VHF and UHF Radio Base Station and User TerminalsUHF VHF Mobile StationsCGCS
UHF VHF Handheld Portable StationsCGCS
UHF VHF Baseband Equipment without RadioCGCS
UHF VHF Base Station ‐ Baseband plus RadioCGCS
UHF VHF Base Station ‐ Radio OnlyCGCS
26Mobile Radio Trunking System Base Station and User TerminalsMRTS Mobile StationCGCS
MRTS Handheld Portable StationCGCS
MRTS Baseband Equipment without RadioCGCS
MRTS Base Station ‐ Radio OnlyCGCS
MRTS Base Station ‐ Baseband plus RadioCGCS
27Equipment Operating in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Frequency BandsWifi Access points, WiFi Controller, WiFi Base Station and CPEBGCS
WLAN Controller EquipmentBGCS
PTP PMP Wireless Access Equipment
2.4 or 5 GHz
BGCS
28Satellite Communication SystemsSatellite Radio Frequency TransreceiversCGCS
VSAT TerminalsCGCS
Satellite Baseband ModemCGCS
Satellite Baseband Modem ControllerCGCS
Satellite AmplifierCGCS
Satellite LNACGCS
Satellite LNBCGCS
Satellite BUCCGCS
Satellite Optimisation EquipmentCGCS
Satellite IF TransreceiverCGCS
  Satellite Baseband Mod/ Demod/ ControllerCGCS
29IP TerminalIP Terminal /SIP Terminal or IP Phone or equivalent deviceBGCS
30Media GatewayMedia GatewayCGCS
Line Media GatewayCGCS
Media Gateway for CPECGCS
31Signalling GatewaySignalling GatewayCGCS
32Session Border ControllerSession Border ControllerCGCS
33Soft SwitchSoft SwitchCGCS
34ISDN Customer Premises EquipmentISDN TerminalASCS
PC card based ISDN TerminalASCS
ISDN NT‐1 Network TerminalASCS
Multipoint Conferencing ServerASCS
ISDN Terminal AdapterASCS
ISDN GatewayASCS
35PABXPABXBGCS
36Telephony Application ServerTelephony Application ServerCGCS
37Telephony Media ServerTelephony Media ServerCGCS
38Transmission Terminal Equipments (including Multiplexer, PDH, SDH, DWDM, OTN, DXC)Transmission Terminal EquipmentCGCS

FAQ

The BIS Registration is granted by BIS office after successful safety testing of the product as per notified Indian Standard and furnishing of necessary documents.

Required Documents
Documents / Technical Details Required by Testing Lab / CAB

Legal address proof of the Manufacturing Unit

  • Copy of Factory License mentioning the relevant product as the scope of manufacturing and indicating the address of manufacturing unit - in English as well in original language


Technical Details about the Product
Following technical details about the product -

  • Sample(s) along with user manual
  • Safety critical components list - component details format is available on the website of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology or can be provided by Brand Liaison
  • PCB layout and circuit diagram of the product
  • Mains power / SMPS Layout and circuit diagram
  • Supporting documents for validation of series formation and selection of lead sample for testing
  • Soft copy of marking label on the product


Additional Technical Details in case of Cell / Battery

  • UN 38.3 test report (Transportation of Dangerous Goods) for lithium ion cells and batteries
  • ISO 9001 certificate


Trade Mark Registration

  • Copy of Brand / Trade Mark Registration


Authority Letter from Trade Mark / Brand owner

  • If manufacturing unit is not the owner of Trade Mark / Brand

Documents / Technical Details Required for Certification by TEC
  • Product and product Variant including interfaces applicable
  • Model number and name
  • Family details, if applicable
  • Hardware and software versions, as applicable
  • Brief description of product with only the key features which describe the equipment properly
  • Brand name
  • Bill of Material
  • Payment of Administrative Fees and Evaluation Fee (if applicable)
  • Original Test Report (for GCS products), and Test Results along with test report details (for SCS products)
Costing and Timeline

Costing 

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Timeline

 
  • SCS / Group A:  30 - 35 Days
  • GCS / Group A: 35 - 45 Days

  • GCS / Group B: 45 - 55 Days

  • GCS / Group C: 55 - 65 Days

  • GCS / Group D: 65 - 75 Days

Validity and Renewal

Validity of Certificate

TEC Certification is valid for 5 years from the date of issue. However, for Foreign OEM the Certificate is granted for five years or validity of MOU or AIR letter, whichever is earlier.

Renewal of Certificate

Application for renewal is to be made online along with the renewal fee, at least one month prior to expiry of the current certificate’s validity period.

A certificate shall be renewed if there is no change in the ERs applicable to the equipment, and there is no change in the equipment model.

 

A fresh certificate valid for another five years shall be issued, indicating the previous certificate number thereon.

TEC may ask for re-testing / re-evaluation of certified telecom equipment and charge the relevant fee, should the need arise to check on the compliance of the equipment to the ERs.

 

Registration Process

Process of TEC Certification involves the following steps:

Step-1: Registration on TEC Portal
Step-2: Allotment of Testing Lab
Step-3: Submission of Samples for Testing
Step-4: Receiving of Test Reports
Step-5: Submission of Documents & Payment to TEC

  1. The applicant is required to apply to the respective Regional TEC (RTEC) under whose jurisdiction either their manufacturing plant or registered office is located, for the purpose of certification.
  2. The applicant has to fill the application form Form-A, and submit it to the concerned RTEC along with the requisite documents.
  3. If Form-A and the documents are found satisfactory, applicant shall be intimated regarding acceptance of the application and shall be asked to deposit the applicable testing fee by quoting a unique reference number/ demand note number/ registration number.
  4. The testing fee has to be deposited on-line through Non-Tax Revenue Portal (NTRP) using link: https://bharatkosh.gov.in/. While depositing the testing fee, unique reference number/ demand note number/ registration number given by the RTEC should be quoted so as to link the receipt with the case for which payment is being made.
  5. The user guide for making payment of test fee through NTRP can be downloaded from https://bharatkosh.gov.in/static/Template/UserGuideBharatkosh.pdf. Click here to see guidelines for payment to TEC for availing various services.
  6. After successful payment, applicant shall submit the dully filled registration form (Form-B) along with the online receipt of fee paid.
  7. If the Form-B and the test fee/ administrative charges are found in order, the application for certification of the product will be registered.
  8. A Test schedule shall be worked out and testing shall be carried out in accordance with Test Schedule and Procedure (TSTP) prescribed by TEC for the particular GR/ IR.
  9. After successful completion of testing, Approval Certificate shall be issued by TEC, which shall be valid for 5 years.
  10. For further information, the officers of concerned RTEC may be contacted.

 

Guidelines for Importer and Trader

Foreign manufacturer is required to nominate an Indian business organization as its Authorized Indian Representative and Signatory (AIR). Any Executive of this company, located in India, can become AIR.

Exempted Products List

Exempted Products List

S. No.Name of EquipmentExamples
1.Modules/ Spares/ Components/ SKD/ CKDSpare cards, return repair, WiFi modules
2.Test InstrumentsRF Tester, Power Meter
3.Hobby AssemblingSelf-assembled Amateur Radio
4.Passive Telecom ComponentsTower, Antenna, Waveguide, smart cards
5.Integrated systems and networks consisting of more than one telecom equipment, each of which are individually covered by MTCTE.GPON is not certified. OLT, ONT and ONU are independent components of GPON and each are certified independently.
6.Power supply/ UPS/ Solar equipment/ Batteries 
7.Equipment that are manufactured/ imported in India but exclusively
meant for export
 
8.IoT sensors and inter-sectoral devices with propriety communication interfaces only.Temperature sensor, Agricultural Sensor
9.Primarily non-telecom electrical and electronic products with Wi-Fi/ NFC/ BT etc.AC or Fridge with WiFi, Lights with BLE remote control
10.Multi-functional devices with Wi-Fi/ Ethernet ports primarily meant for trans-receiving images.Multi-functional Printer/ Scanner/ Fax
11.Equipment with communication module
specifically covered by mandatory scheme of any other Government agency.
Laptop with WiFi.
12.Set Top Box (presently under CRS)ERs/ certification procedure for these products shall be
notified later.
13.Enterprise Digital Assistant
14.Laptops with Cellular connectivity
Guidelines for Marking Label after BIS

The Marking Label must be clear on every product which cannot be removed, cannot be scratched and cannot be washed off by normal efforts. It is advised to emboss or print marking label on the product. The printed metal plate of the marking label well fixed on the product can also be a good option.

The Product Marking Label must mention the following information :

  • Name of Product (Category)
  • Model Number
  • Brand Name
  • Power Rating (Input / Output)
  • Name of Manufacturer
  • Made in Country Name (Like Made In India, Made In China etc.)

Other information on marking label is optional and can be mentioned as per products’ individual requirements. 

Placing TEC Logo on the product

TEC labelling requirements consist of:

  • Logo on the body of equipment at a prominent location.
  • Indication of equipment conforming to ERs in its technical documentation.
  • Certification e-label is applicable only in case of mobile handset and tablets.
  • Size of TEC logo may be reduced or enlarged maintaining the aspect ratio.
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