.Type  approval is an approval given to a Telecom Product or network which will be interfaced with Indian Telecom network for which an approved TEC Generic Requirements (GR) is available. Type approval is given after evaluating the sample of product for compliance to its GR. This certificate is  technical compliance of product to Generic Requirement indicated in Type Approval Certificate. The Approval shall be granted after evaluating the product against all the clauses of the GR i.e. approval cannot be given to part of the specification clauses while leaving out the rest. Separate GR IS prepared by TEC for each type of product. Type Approval is granted to eligible applicants only.  The documents required to be submitted while applying for type approval are given in the check list for Type Approval.

Sample of Product

Sample of product submitted for approval should be complete in all respects and fully equipped for its maximum capacity or to a capacity indicated in the GR for testing. There should not be any need for add-on units for testing the product.

Eligibility for Type Approval

An applicant can be

  1. Manufacturer(s) involved in the indigenous production of the equipment for which TAC  is sought. The process of manufacturing could be at any level of production – CKD or SKD.
  2. Traders (Fully Indian owned companies) importing the product from Foreign manufacturers / sources.
  3. Traders (Organizations established in India with foreign equity of any level with the objective of importing and selling the product in India).
  4. Foreign companies having their wholly owned establishments in India for trading activities.

Any Indian manufacturer, authorized trader/dealer of a foreign manufactured equipment, licensed service operator or local office of a foreign telecom equipment manufacturer  having permission from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for import and sell of their Principals product is eligible for seeking approval for an equipment for which an approved TEC GR exists.

The Applicant shall approach the TEC for approval for his product against payment of prescribed tariff applicable for the Generic requirement. An approval granted to an applicant is in his name and is for a particular model of product and for a particular software version (wherever applicable) and under production at the stated site. The product must be actually under serial production at the claimed manufacturer’s site under manufacturer’s model number and serial number.

The indigenous manufacture could be at any stage of integration/ value addition of the product i.e. CKD, SKD etc. For indigenous products the applicant must be the manufacturer.

If the firm is manufacturing the same product under different brand names for different dealers, he is required to apply separately for each brand of product. Interface Type granted to a trader is also in his name and is for a particular model of product manufactured by a particular manufacturing source. The trader is required to disclose the source of manufacture of the product. In the case of a foreign manufactured model of a product, if it is being sold by more than one trader in India, each trader is required to approach TEC separately for Type Approval of the product.

In case the trader or the manufacturer makes certain changes in the product amounting to a modification of the product, it will be assumed to be a new model and shall have to be given a separate model number. The manufacturer/trader shall be required to apply again to TEC for certification of the product.

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