Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications has notified “Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules” on 5th September 2017 notified that every telecom equipment must undergo for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment. Any telegraph which is used or capable of being used with any telegraph established, maintained or worked under the licence granted by the Central Government in accordance with the provisions of section 4 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 shall have to undergo prior mandatory testing and certification in respect of parameters as determined by the telegraph authority from time to time.


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The TEC certificate is important to ensure the safety of the end-to-end users. Also, it subdues the radio frequency emissions of the equipment to ensure the well-being of the users and the general public. The importance of the TEC certificate is not limited to the safety of the user or general public. But it also averts telecom equipment from degrading the performance of the other equipment. As demonstrated, the TEC certificate ensures that telecom products are complying with the conformant national and international standards and provisions. Types of Approval and Interface Approval:

  • Generic Requirements (GRs)
  • Interface Requirements (IRs)
  • Interface Protocol Version 6 (IPV6)
  • RInterface Approval certification (TAC/IAC)


Telecommunication Engineering Centre, New Delhi, under Department of Telecommunications (DoT), which, inter alia, is the Telegraph Authority for the purpose of Testing and Certification. The detailed procedure for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE) under these rules are notified separately. The testing is to be carried out by Indian Accredited labs and based upon their test reports, certificate shall be issued by TEC
Since 1991, the TEC certificate has been a voluntary process. Though, in conformity with the No. 10-1/2017-IT/TEC/ER that commenced in 2019 has rolled out the Mandatory Testing Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE) statute incrementally.

How to get TEC Approval in India?

TEC created a minimum set of test requirements for each category of telecom equipment in a document called ‘Essential Requirements’ (also known as ER). The ER’s span from EMC/EMI, Electrical/Radio/Laser Safety, Security, Radio Frequency (RF), Technical (Telecom Interface & functional) to IP protocol compliance as per notified international standards.

Registration process of TEC Registration

Process of TEC Certification involves 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.

What is the cost of TEC Registration ?

1. The Costing to obtain the TEC Registration
2. Location of Manufacturer. (Domestic/Overseas)
3. Type of Product and Number of Models.
4. Step-3: Submission of Samples for Testing.
5. LAB Testing as per test perform or Lab
6. Applicable Government fee and Service fee.

Types of TEC Approvals

1. TEC Type Approval:

TEC type approval is issued against the Generic Requirement (GR) standard, these standards are organized by functional equipment type. Moreover,
TEC Type Approval requires telecom testing in-country, along with this, it may also require EMC and environmental testing.

2. TEC Interface Approval

TEC Interface Approval is issued on the basis of Interface Requirements (IR) standards that are made by functional equipment types as well as
typically define network interfaces.

3. BSNL TSEC (Technical Specification Evaluation Certification)

Obtaining a BSNL TSEC certificate is a protracted and onerous process because it includes activities such as laboratory testing of the equipment
functions, environmental testing, and infrastructure assessment to procure the BSNL TSEC approval.

Does my product fall under TEC?

That are the products for which TEC certification is mandatory or What is the MTCTE product list?
Following is the current list of equipment covered under TEC:

PABX: The Private automatic branch exchange is a common telecom tool associated with telephony in industries. You need to obtain the TEC
certification on PABX.

Two wired telephone equipment: The two wire telephone equipment is the cornerstone industrial communications. You need the TEC certification
on Two wired telephone equipment to import it.

Group 3 Fax Machine: In 1980, fax machines adopted the group 3 standards. While fax machines are in rare usage today, you still need the TEC
certification for Group 3 fax machine to import it in any Indian state.

Data modem: Data modem, the primary tool that establishes you to the internet obviously requires the approval as per the guidelines of using TEC
logo on product. Thus, you need TEC certification on data modem as well.

Cord less telephone: While our Cell phones have replaced landlines, one cannot deny the allure of cord less phones. If you still need to do
import business for this product, you need TEC certification on cord less telephone.

Pon- family of broadband equipments: PON or passive optical network is the technology implemented in many broadband equipments. If you want to
import them, you need TEC certification on PON family of broadband equipments.

Feedback Devices: Devices like Encoders, resolvers, Hall sensors, and others that require a closed loop system to monitor the validity of operations
arecalled Feedback devices. Without TEC certification on Feedback devices, you can’t conduct import or sale business on them.

ISDN Customer Premises Equipment: the ISDN terminal equipment or ISDN customer premises equipment is a device that allows users to tap into the
ISDN services facilitated by network providers. As a core component for many telecommunication functions, one needs to get TEC certification on
ISDN Customer Premises Equipment to import or sell them in an any region within the country.

Transmission Terminal equipments: All the transmission terminal equipments fall under the jurisdiction of TEC. Thus, you need the TEC certification
on transmission terminal equipments


Ans : The MTCTE portal account can be created by: 1. Indian Original Equipment Manufacturers: Indian companies or firm manufacturing Telecommunication products in India. The documents required for registration are: a. Registration certificate: The acceptable document is either the Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Registrar of companies in case of a company or Partnership Deed in case of a firm or Establishment License wherein the address, business description, and activity is specified in case of a single owner proprietorship. b. Authorization Letter: A letter of authorization given by the OEM company/firm to authorize a person to carry out MTCTE related work on its behalf. 2. Indian Authorized Indian Representative: Companies or firms in India importing telecommunication Equipments of a foreign OEM. The documents required for registration are: a. Registration certificate: Same as OEM b. Authorization Letter: A letter of authorization given by the AIR company/firm to authorize a person to carry out MTCTE related work on its behalf. c. Affidavit in prescribed format or MOU between AIR and foreign OEM shall contain the prescribed clauses. d. AIR Authorization Letter: The authorization letter issued by Foreign OEM to AIR clearly authorizing the AIR to carry MTCTE related work in India on its behalf with validity, if any shall explicitly be mentioned.

Ans : The formats for authorizations letters (AIR Authorization letter and authorization letter) are attached with MTCTE Applicant User instructions document uploaded at https://mtcte.tec.gov.in/downloads. The specimen of affidavit and MoU clauses are also available at http://www.tec.gov.in/documents-required-for-creation-of-profile-in-mtcte-portal/.

Answer : Name of the executive authorized by the company (mentioned in Authorization letter) shall be entered against applicant's Name field at Edit profile page of MTCTE portal. While his/her designation in company shall be mentioned in Designation field.

Answer : The company name when creating a fresh application will come blank if the profile that the AIR/OEM has updated has not been approved by the MTCTE admin validator yet. Please Wait till the approval. The AIR are suggested to wait for approval after submitting the AIR self-company details. Then only, they should submit the foreign OEM details. If the company name is coming blank, please check for the edit profile, either the profile would have been rejected or it may have not been approved yet.

Ans : It may be the case that your OEM/AIR account would have been rejected on account of improper documents submitted during approval. Please create a new login with same credentials.

Ans : The affidavit should be duly notarized. The clauses that should be present in MoU and affidavit specimen copy are attached with MTCTE Applicant user instructions under downloads at https://www.mtcte.gov.in.

Answer : Special characters allowed in address field are @-/,.()*?! . The current length of address field is 100 characters. If the address of OEMs/AIRs is more than 100 characters, kindly use abbreviations in the address like Av. For Avenue, Rd. for Road etc.

Answer : In case of AIR registration where same AIR has been authorized by different Foreign OEMs for taking MTCTE certificate for their products, different MoU between the respective AIR/ authorization letters and foreign OEMs should be provided. Separate MTCTE accounts for each foreign OEM needs to be registered by AIR.

Answer : In India, legally we can have 3 kinds of business establishments and registration documents required for each case are: 1. Proprietorship (Single owner) : Establishment License wherein the address, business description , and activity is specified 2. Partnership ( Multiple owners) : Partnership deed duly notarized can be provided 3. Limited Company (private or public - Incorporated by the ROC as an independent entity):Certificate of Incorporation issued by ROC can be provided.

Ans : This field also contains text box in addition to drop down list wherein you can write the name of ILAC lab with city and country of its location. In such cases, copy of accreditation letter of ILAC Lab along with its scope shall be uploaded along with test reports.

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