R&TTE to RED Transition Period for Radio Equipment Nearing an End

The European Parliament and Council Directive on Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (1999/5/EC) was revised in 2014 to become the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU. The R&TTE Directive covers all equipment that uses the radio frequency spectrum, with a few exceptions. It also covers all terminal equipment attached to public telecommunication networks. The main objective of... Read More

COFETEL Replaced by IFETEL for Mexico Telecom Approvals

As of September 2013, the Mexican telecommunications agency, the Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL), has been replaced by IFETEL (Federal Institute of Telecommunications).  IFETEL will be in charge of the Mexico telecom type approval processes for all equipment requiring testing for importation into Mexico.  COFETEL will no longer exist.  IFETEL’s responsibilities will include: Define the radiofrequency... Read More

Despite Difficult NEBS Testing, Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Increasingly Benefit from Compliance to GR-1089-CORE & GR-63-CORE

When the power goes out, more often than not, the landline phone still works.  And often the cell phone too.  This is no accident. The NEBS (Network Equipment Building System) family of standards is designed to keep the network running no matter what, and they are more comprehensive and more difficult to comply with than... Read More

TCB Workshop Includes Latest FCC Updates

Earlier this month, MET Labs attended the FCC Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) Council TCB Workshop in Baltimore.  Here was the agenda.  Some highlights from the workshop overview: Equipment authorization certifications continue their upward trend, reaching nearly 12,000 in 2010. 98.5% of products were approved by TCBs, continuing the downward trend of TCB exclusions. An increasing... Read More