Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has updated the list of advanced Telecom Equipment, which is subject of its type approval by its manufacturers, importers and users for the purpose of trade and operate within the boundaries and airspace of the country.
The authority has identified equipment of eight categories under its type approval with varied fees separate for imported and locally-manufactured telecom equipment.
Type Approval is granted to a product that meets a minimum set of regulatory, technical and safety requirements.
Generally, type approval is required before a product is allowed to be sold in a particular country. Further approval or no-objection certificates are is issued to users of the equipment by the authority.
Local manufacturers, importers and users are provided certificates while maintaining full details and information about equipment and accessories supplies, its purpose of use and place of installation.
PTA’s regulation said that “It issues Type Approval Certificate to any person, class of persons, company or corporation.
Any concealment of material facts, whatever may be, by the applicant or his agent at the time of submitting application or thereafter shall render the certificate liable to be cancelled, PTA Type Approval Regulations 2004 added.
The telecom watchdog special test committee assesses the functions of telecom equipment against the providing details and its purpose of use by the applicants,
Following are categories for Type Approval Telecom Equipment
1. Wireless Module
This category will include module used for data communication using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE, 3G (HSDPA) and other such terminal modules. It fees are set at US $ 100 for imported and Rs 5000 for locally-made items.
2. Wireless Radio Sets
Radio device like Toys, I.T equipment or any portable device where two way communications is involved, and whose working range is up to 50 meters will be allowed to operate on non-interference basis without getting any type approval. However all other radio equipment will be type approved. The charges are fixed at US $ 500 for imported and RS 5,000 for local brands.
3. Vehicle Security Devices
This will include the Vehicle Tracking Device, Remote Keyless Entry System devices and other such terminal equipment. The fees are set at US $ 100 for imported and Rs 5,000 for local brands.
4. RFID Equipment
RFID equipment are type approved operating in approved RFID bands. The fees are fixed at US $ 100 for imported and Rs 5,000 for locally-made equipment.
5. VoIP Terminal Equipment
This category contains only the desktop IP Phones. Other such terminal equipment can be added whenever required. The authority has set charges for type approval at US $ 500 for imported and Rs 5,000 for local brands.
6. Fixed Wireless Terminal Equipment
This category includes CDMA Desktop Phone, GSM Gateway and other such terminal equipment. PTA will issue Type Approval certificates at US $ 100 for imported and RS 5,000 for local item.
7. Broadband Terminal Equipment
This includes the WiMAX Terminal, Wi-Fi Terminal, CDMA USB/PCMCIA Modems and other such terminal equipments. The type approval fees will be US $ 100 and Rs 5,000 for imported and local items.
This category contains the PABX/IP-PBX and other such terminal equipments can be added whenever required. The type approval fees have been set at US $ 500 and Rs 5,000 for imported and local machines, however US $ 100 and Rs 1,000 will be charged separately for additional 1,000 lines.