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FCC’s New Rules enhance security and reliability in telecommunications certification

Learn how the FCC's Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) impacts Telecommunications Certification Bodies and what manufacturers need to know to stay compliant.

The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Promoting the Integrity and Security of Telecommunications Certification Bodies, Measurement Facilities, and the Equipment Authorization Program” aims to enhance the security and reliability of entities involved in certifying and testing telecommunications equipment. This proposal focuses on mitigating national security risks associated with these entities.

Key aspects of the NPRM include:

  • Enhanced Security Requirements
  • Addressing National Security Concerns:
  • Strengthening Oversight
  • Improving the Equipment Authorization Program


Jeff Klinger, cetecom advanced TCB in the USA, explains the changes and the implications for manufacturers:

“Implications arise for manufacturers utilizing data from labs or certifications from Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCB) that may be impacted by this FCC rule change (i.e. 10% stake from Covered Entity or 5% by “foreign adversaries”. When the ban takes full effect, data and certifications from affected entities may become invalid. To prevent disruptions in product shipments, it is crucial to ensure that the labs and TCBs being utilized today will not be impacted by this regulatory change when it is enforced.”

Despite these stricter safety precautions, cetecom advanced is still able to offer the necessary certifications for market access in the USA as a trusted partner: We are accredited and recognized by the FCC as an official laboratory; thus we can already and still in the future perform all relevant regulatory tests necessary to start the approval process. In addition to the necessary tests, with our TCBs we can also offer you the certification process and thus a complete FCC approval from a single source.

Our internal TCBs are accredited and recognized for the following areas:

  • Range A1- A4: Non-licensed radio frequency devices
    • g. BluetoothTM, W-LAN, SRD
  • Range B1- B4: Licensed radio frequency equipment
    • g. GSM 1900, GSM 850, 3G/UTMS, Booster

In case of any questions or concerns, feel free to get in touch with us directly: https://cetecomadvanced.com/en/contact/

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