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Regulatory approval for devices incorporating LTE modems

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Christopher Biggs's picture
by Christopher Biggs

Regulatory approval for devices incorporating LTE modems

Hi All,

    As we all do, we started out in IoT with Arduino devices, and then moved toward our own designs. 

Can anyone answer what regulatory approval/registration would be required for:

  • a) a commercial product using an imported MCU/modem board such as Arduino MKR 1500
  • b) a commercial product that uses a a custom PCB with a socket for an imported modem board (we're using a breakout that carries a Simcom SIM7000E which I understand is already Telstra approved)
  • c) a commercial product with a modem incorporated on its own circuit board?

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Is there any difference between b and c?    Basically, can one ride on Telstra's and the manufacturer's existing certification of the modem module, or is there extra certification required?

I presume case A is covered by whatever covers the arduino etc?    I'm at case B right now and moving toward C.    

The information I've found so far is:

https://www.telstra.com.au/content/dam/shared-component-assets/tecom/iot/capabilities/certified-devices/Telstra_Wireless_Application_Development_Guidelines_Version11_Issue1.pdf

 
The lovely folks at Telstradev twitter have already added: 
 
 It is mandatory that any product sold in Australia which has a wireless capability has the Australian RCM certification. do a google search for Australia RCM and should find all the requirements.
https://www.telstra.com.au/content/dam/tcom/business-enterprise/machine-to-machine/pdf/business-enterprise-m2m-device-certification.pdf 

Has anyone been throught the process of product certification?  Time/cost?   Did you use an agent?

Michelle Howie's picture
by Michelle Howie

How to engage Regulatory Approval

Hey Chris, thanks for posting this so others can also learn and give their personal experience!

It is mandatory that any product sold in Australia which has a wireless capability has the Australian RCM certification. do a google search for Australia RCM and should find all the requirements.You can start here:
https://www.acma.gov.au/step-1-check-rules-follow

https://www.telstra.com.au/content/dam/tcom/business-enterprise/machine-to-machine/pdf/business-enterprise-m2m-device-certification.pdf

 

I'll check further on the Telstra side and get back to you :) 

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