Telecom providers say impact on broadband launch is likely, Telecom News, ET Telecom

NEW DELHI: Telecommunications equipment suppliers such as Nokia, Huawei and ZTE have said that TEC’s move to put mandatory mandatory testing and certification of wired equipment will have an impact on implementations in the country.

The Center for Telecommunications Engineering (TEC), a nodal agency of the Department of Telecommunications, informed all vendors last week by notifications that certificates issued were suspended until further notice due to “anomalies” found in the Phase II process of the Test Regime and mandatory certification of telecommunications equipment (MTCTE). ET saw a copy of the notification.

In Phase 2, telecommunications equipment manufacturers had to obtain certification for transmission terminal equipment, passive optical network (PON) family of broadband equipment and feedback devices.

Sources familiar with the matter said that these three suppliers, together with smaller equipment suppliers such as Netlink, White Water and Syrotech, have already received certification from TEC.

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“It could have an impact on the launch of cables in India in December and when companies close their books. The equipment should have been imported after receiving certification, “an executive director of one of the major telecommunications equipment suppliers told ET.

Another executive said his company would contact TEC to seek clarification on the certification.

“Huawei India has received the certificates as part of the MTCTE Phase-2 procedure. We will fully support the authorities and continue to comply with MTCTE or any other requirements under the law of the country,” a Huawei India spokesman said in a statement to ET .

A Nokia India spokesman said it was very important for the testing and certification process to remain strong and robust. “We hope that TEC will take the right action and lift the gap soon so that OEMs like Nokia and our customers do not face stopping the implementation of critical broadband solutions across the country.”

No queries were sent to ZTE.

India has made certification from 1 October 2020 mandatory for the sale, import and use of telecommunications equipment in India.

Last month, TEC formed eight working groups to create a roadmap for implementing the fifth or 5th generation in various sectors, such as agriculture, fintech technology, transport and education. It also included members of Chinese sales company Huawei, who will look at the healthcare and fintech sectors.