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WPC-ETA (Wireless Planning and Coordination - Equipment Type Approval) is a regulatory process in India that pertains to the approval of wireless and telecommunications equipment before it can be legally imported, sold, or used within the country. The WPC-ETA Approval is administered by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) through its Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing. This certification process is crucial for ensuring that electronic devices and equipment comply with Indian regulations and technical standards related to wireless communication.
Manufacturers or importers seeking to introduce wireless and telecommunications equipment in India must undergo the WPC-ETA Approval process. This typically involves rigorous testing and evaluation to ensure that the equipment adheres to the specified technical parameters, frequency bands, and safety standards mandated by the WPC. The equipment's performance and emissions are carefully examined to prevent interference with other wireless devices and to guarantee its safe and efficient operation.
Obtaining WPC-ETA Approval is a legal requirement, and non-compliance can result in regulatory actions, such as equipment seizure and fines. This approval assures Indian consumers that the wireless devices they use meet the necessary quality and safety standards. Manufacturers benefit from it as well, as it allows them to access the Indian market, foster consumer trust, and operate within the legal framework. Keeping the WPC-ETA Approval up-to-date is essential, as changes in technical standards or regulations can require re-certification to ensure continued compliance.
WPC-ETA Approval is important for manufacturers operating in the Indian market in several ways:
WPC approvals in India can be categorised into three main types, each covering specific areas and purposes. These different categories of WPC approvals and licenses cater to a wide range of wireless and telecommunications equipment, services, and operational purposes, allowing for effective regulatory oversight and ensuring compliance with Indian telecommunications laws and standards.
If a product is produced in India and incorporates RF module(s) with ETA without any changes, there's no need for separate WPC ETA approval for the final product. However, a WPC ETA certificate is essential for products manufactured outside India before import. The ETA applies to the RF module in cases where RF modules are separate.
WPC ETA certificates can be obtained through self-declaration for wireless products meeting the following criteria:
A WPC license is mandatory for importing equipment except for broadcasting Receivers and TVRO systems. Even if the equipment has obtained a WPC-ETA approval, it must still secure an Import license if it is intended to be imported into India.
To acquire a WPC certificate for devices operating within de-licensed frequency bands, a comprehensive test report from a reputable laboratory needs to be submitted to WPC INDIA for evaluation. We assist our clients by facilitating equipment testing and preparing the test report in the appropriate format for submission to WPC India.
Brand Liaison specializes in guiding manufacturers through the WPC-ETA approval process. With our expertise, you can navigate the product approval process seamlessly, ensuring your wireless devices are compliant, reliable and ready for deployment.