TEC 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.

Eligibility for Type Approval

An applicant can be

  • 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.
  • Traders (Fully Indian owned companies) importing the product from Foreign manufacturers / sources.
  • Traders (Organisations established in India with foreign equity of any level with the objective of importing and selling the product in India).
  • Foreign companies having their wholly owned establishments in India for trading activities.

Any Indian manufacturer, authorised 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.

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.