PTCRB CERTIFICATION – MOBILE NETWORKS MARKET ACCESS REQUIREMENTS
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.