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 ARCOTEL in Ecuador- New Published Regulation

The Ecuador regulator, ARCOTEL, has published a new regulation which implemented changes to the type approval requirements 

for telecommunication devices on June 15, 2017.


The updates are as below:


1. The certificate will be issued by class, brand name and model name. 

2. Any changes for the class, brand name, model name or technical characteristics,

    will have to submit a new application.

3. More than one certificate will be issued if one device fit into more than one class.

4. Application will be processed through document review. Sample will be only

    required in exceptional case.

5. New regulatory fees for type approval application will be published on the

    ARCOTEL’s website after a couple of weeks.

6. Previously, the devices with output power lower than 50 mW did not require

    homologation and could obtain a dispensation letter. Now the 50mW limit is eliminated.


Classes for telecommunication devices which require type approval:


Terminals for the Advanced Mobile Service (SMA).

Terminals for the Carrier Service (P)

Terminals for the Fixed Telephone Service (STF)

Terminals for the Telecommunications Satellite Service (TTS)

Terminals for Internet Access. (AI)

Terminals for Trunking Service. (T)

Terminals for Communal Service (C)


For devices that do not connect to public network, it is recommended for the manufacturer to obtain the "certificate of not needing homologation (Certificación de equipos que no requieren homologación)", which will be helpful for importation and market surveillance. 




Any questions please feel free to contact us.










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