The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly scrapped mandatory testing for certain broadband equipment including routers, cordless phones, transmission terminal equipment and local area network (LAN) switches, and has moved these products to a self-certification regime in a bid to speed up the penetration of broadband in the country. The move will come into effect on January 1, 2023. 

In the recent past, there was a severe shortage of products such as routers and LAN switches mainly due to delays in testing and certification as the Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) used to certify all the products. Now, TEC has moved some products from the general certification scheme to a simplified certification scheme under the mandatory testing and certification of telecom equipment (MTCTE) scheme. This change will help companies to reduce the time taken to test and certify a product before selling it in the market. The companies only need to submit the self-certification of products.