NEW DELHI: Testing and certification of telecommunications products should be an integral part of the manufacturing ecosystem to ensure that India becomes a manufacturing hub, said Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Secretary K Rajaraman.
In a webinar hosted by the Telecom Engineering Center (TEC), Rajaraman also mentioned that for “robust capability of test facilities, a skill set is needed to meet the demands of the manufacturing center.”
The TEC is a national telecommunications standards body under the Telecommunications Department of the Ministry of Communications.
The telecommunications secretary also urged industry to explore the innovative idea of using lab equipment across the country via an ‘as a service’ model, like taxi aggregators Ola and Uber. , through a platform-based model for testing.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) notified in 2021 a comprehensive list of telecommunications products that will require mandatory testing and certification before being sold in the country. These products can only be imported, sold or used after having received certification from an accredited laboratory.
Phase 3 of the Mandatory Telecommunications Equipment Testing and Certification (MTCTE) regime, due to come into force on July 1, 2022, includes products such as smartwatches, trackers, smart cameras, meters power stations, base tower stations (BTS) for telecommunications networks, among others.
Phase 4 of the MTCTE scheme will cover products such as fiber optics, point-of-sale (PoS) devices, routers, transmission equipment, satellite communication equipment, LAN switches, etc. Laboratories accredited by TEC and ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) are equipped to test and certify products.
Rajaraman during his address further mentioned that the country is investing heavily in a public-private partnership model to increase the penetration of mobile and broadband sector in urban and rural areas. He also stressed that telecommunications services must be affordable all the way to the bottom of the pyramid.
Deepa Tyagi, Senior Deputy Managing Director (DDG), TEC highlighted the importance of global collaboration and bringing in global best practices in order for India to become a global test bed for ICT products.