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PTCRB CERTIFICATION – MOBILE NETWORKS MARKET ACCESS REQUIREMENTS
PTCRB stands for PCS Type Certification Review Board is a type of certification set up by Cellular operators of North American to test all mobile phones, M2M devices, IoT devices as well as some other similar hardware operating on the mobile networks.
PTCRB , GCF certification, and Verizon certification (Open Development) are Mobile Network Operators requirements to accept LTE, GSM/W-CDMA/CDMA device onto their networks. Those requirements aren’t mandatory but either commercial requirements by mobile operators such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Telefonica, and Vodaphone. With PTCRB certification and Verizon certification operators and device manufacturers are confident of a device’s interoperability with mobile networks.
Established in 1997, PTCRB defines the test requirements to verify compliance with global industry standards for wireless cellular devices. Member operators are committed to ensuring device quality through a rigorous certification process. Without PTCRB certification, manufacturers are taking the risk that their devices will be blocked on wireless networks.
GCF Certification is relevant to mobile phones and wireless products of all types including smartphones & mobile phones, Wireless broadband USB Modems, data cards, Mobile Gateway/Hotspots. Test cases for GCF and PTCRB are very similar since they both test conformance to 3GPP standards
In addition, in some countries, registration to Mobile networks required also a government approval. In China, any product integrated with a Cellular modem required to follow CTA (NAL) testing & certification by law.
CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Associations) is a sort of wireless association that is in charge of processing all PTCRB processing and administer all IMEI (International Mobility Equipment Identities) that offer a way for certified devices that complies with all standards of PTCRB that needs to be identified & verified.
How to get PTCRB Certifciaon?
The certification of PTCRB comprises of running IoT devices via a standard array of tests, involving:
- Measuring spurious emissions of the device and makes sure that all devices are operating at an accurate radio frequency so it does not interfere with transmit or signals or transmit unnecessary data.
- Checking all Sim cards of a device to make sure that the SIM card is installed properly.
It is too significant for all operators and manufacturers of the device to make sure that their devices are certified from PTCRB certification, makes sure that it complies with all standards of the cellular network. The data available on PTCRB certification shows how long it is believed that the device or the module will stay up to date with all standards of PTCRB. PTCRB certifications can get as long as more than two months and rely on all complexities of the given device.
Whether a device utilizes all data only voice as well as data if it has an external or internal antenna & whether a device is certified with all PTCRB-certified modules or not that affects the long process. All the list of approved PTCRB devices is available on the official website. That site offers all the information for each approved device based on PTCRB that we have given below:
- Supported technologies such as GSM, LTE, or UMTS
- Data certified
- Model number
- Hardware version
- Frequency bands
- Request Types such as New or ECO
The PTCRB certification date provides a great indication of the life cycle regarding the module. A later date of the certification of PTCRB shows that it keeps the module updated with all required updates of PTCRB. It is important to pick up an approved module of PTCRB so that the device can get all carrier approval.
In addition to that of the module certification, the devices ought to receive certification before it has launched on carrier network. Devices can also leverage the module certification but will get tested for power, Sim, and interfaces of RF.
How important PTCRB certification date is?
The PTCRB certification date provides a great indication of the life cycle despite the module. A later date of the PTCRB certification reveals that it keeps the module updated with the required PTCRB updates. It would be imperative to choose an approved module of PTCRB to help your device receive all carrier approvals. Moreover, for module certification, the devices should receive certification before being launched on the carrier network. Devices could leverage the module certification, but it would be tested for SIM, power, and RF interface.
What is the Timeframe of PTCRB certification?
The PTCRB testing duration is dependent on features supported by the number of device bands, data-only, data and voice, internal/external antenna, and more. A considerable consideration would be whether the device uses a module having received PTCRB certification. When the device makes the most of all approved PTCRB, the certification would take approximately two to three weeks.
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China – SRRC (Radio) & CTIA ( Carriers) are asking for the local certification holder
According to the new provision published, all Radio certificate holders must be registered Chinese companies. read more >>
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