Press Interaction

Bengaluru, September 25, 2018

NEW DELHI: The Indian telecom sector’s equipment testing segment is expected to become a lucrative business for testing and audit firms globally with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) rolling out a mandatory plan to initially test devices from October 1, 2018.

“We anticipate a surge in demand for testing of telecom products over the next fiscal,” the US-based safety consulting and testing firm Underwriters Laboratories (UL) India managing director Suresh Sugavanam told ETTelecom, adding that given the India’s market size, the testing market for telecom segment would be a promising one.

Telecommunications Engineering Centre (TEC), a DoT nodal agency has been tasked to undertake Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment(MTCTE) for the sector to preview nearly 50 products in order to ensure network and device safety.

“Several prominent players in the telecom sector have begun contacting us to avail our testing services. We also actively engage with vendors during the regular industry stakeholder meetings held by the TEC,” UL’s top executive said.

The Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules, 2017 aims to implement mandatory telecom equipment testing from October 1, but it would be limited to select devices such as fax machines and modems while the department plans to increase the number of products in a phased manner, a senior TEC official earlier said.

Currently, there are 25 TEC-designated laboratories in the country with government making efforts to increase the number to 100.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which represents Vodafone, Idea Limited, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio as well as network vendors said mandatory gear testing would cripple the entire telecom sector ecosystem, and asked the government to postpone the deadline to at least a year.

Sugavanam, however, said that the mandatory testing is an important step to create common minimum standards that will enable players to compete on a level playing field.

The agency has recently designated UL as a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) to carry out necessary tests that could enable manufacturers, importers and dealers in the telecom sector to test their Essential Requirements (ER) for an award of certification.

The US-based company, according to the executive, could provide testing services Essential Requirements for safety, electromagnetic interference (EMI), electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), radio frequency (RF), specific absorption rate (SAR) and other technical requirements.

The executive, however, rejected the concerns over probable delay in telecom products testing procedure, and said that the company expects routers and mobile phones to take nearly three weeks to conduct required tests.

TEC, according to the official, would also monitor turnaround time and capacity, and any delay or incapability in testing process would be duly compensated by providing necessary relaxation.

The company’s testing laboratories are located at its Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Bengaluru and Gurugram.

Source : ET Telecom

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