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TEC has released new Security Requirements for Telecom Products

Thursday, November 5, 2020

On October 13, 2020 the Department of Telecommunications in India has finally issued the long awaited regulations that were needed for the TEC certification of telecommunications equipment, which has been mandatory since 2019: The “Communication Security Certification Scheme” describes the requirements for telecommunications equipment, while the “Procedure For Security Certification Of Telecommunication Equipment” regulates the certification process.



One of the key take aways from these new regulations is that from now on, some products listed within the TEC certification must be tested in India by the Telecom Security Testing Laboratory (TSTL). This currently includes IP routers, Mobility Management Entity (MME), cryptographic controls, and Wi-Fi CPEs. In the future, mobile devices, connectable (U)ICC, E-Node B and P-Gateways could be added.

Testing and certification are mainly aimed at the software. This means that changes to it require registration. Small changes can be registered on a temporary certificate, which must be converted into a full certificate after one year at the latest by means of renewed testing. However, if the software change affects security aspects, it must be retested and certified immediately.

TEC certification has been around many years before 2019 as a voluntary certification, but since April 2019 the certification has been mandatory and every year the Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) expands the certification catalog and adds more telecom products. Until now, only a few products have actually been certified, but with this new standard, the TEC can now officially begin its certification work.

If you are interested in understanding what requirements are needed for your product to be imported into India, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone at +49-69-271 37 69 261. There is no cost or obligation for us to check for you. If a certification need is discovered we can provide a quotation to make sure that all your certification needs are covered.

For more information about TEC certification, please refer to our free brochure “TEC Certification Made Easy“.

Julian Busch

About the author: Julian Busch is the founder and managing director of MPR International GmbH

Publisher: MPR International GmbH

Tel.: +49 69 271 37 69 261

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