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Brazil Standards: Telecommunications Equipment Certificatio

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Brazil Standards: Telecommunications Equipment Certificatio

Postby bridgat » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:46 pm

The Brazilian Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) issued (in 2004, periodically updating them) regulations concerning testing, certification, and homologation offor telecommunications products. The regulations apply to most telecommunications products and equipment (see details below).

The regulations will be effective when they are published in final form by Anatel and it has considered the comments received during the public comment period. So far no date has been made public for formal issuance of the regulations. The comment period is supposed to be finished in March, but depending on the responses the period could be prolonged. After completion of the comment period and evaluation of the comments, which may take some time. It is possible that a transition period will be specified in the final regulations.

General regulation for the certification and homologation of communications products:

Proposed Resolution no. 209, issued January 13, 2000, describes the certification and homologation system to be implemented in Brazil for telecommunication products. The comment period ends on March 3, 2000 public hearing will be held in Anatel’s headquarters in Brasilia on February 8, 2000.

The three following categories of products are subject to certification and homologation.

Category I: includes terminal equipment to be connected to the fixed telephone service support network.

Category ii: equipment not included in category i but that uses the radioelectrical spectrum.

Category iii: for any product or equipment not included in categories I or ii and for which Anatel has issued technical regulations.

The three entities involved in the certification and homologation are: Anatel’s Office of the Superintendency of radio frequency and enforcement, a third-party certification organization designated by Anatel and an accredited laboratory.

The certification bodies designated by Anatel must either be accredited by the Brazilian System (Sinmetro) or be entities established in Brazil that meet certain requirements and that will commit to obtaining accreditation within two years of being designated.

Mutual recognition agreements are encouraged.

Certification is the first step in the process to obtain homologation. Homologation is defined as Anatel’s recognition of the certificates of conformity. Homologation is mandatory and must be obtained before products may be marketed and used in Brazil.

The regulation also addresses: markings, suspension or cancellation in homologation, sanctions and penalties as well as transition measures.

Regulation for certification of telecommunication equipment and electrical safety standards.

Proposed Resolution no. 210, issued on January 26, 2000, defines requirements for telecommunication products

This regulation defines the electrical safety requirements for communications products.

Minimum technical requirements are defined for acoustical shock, electrocution risk, electrical shock and excessive heating.

The following documents are referenced in the regulation: IEC 60 (1996) safety of information technology equipment; ITU-T Rec.K-21 (-- resistibility of subscribers terminal to over-voltage and over-currents; ITU-T Rec. p-36 (1988) efficiency of devices for preventing the occurrence of excessive acoustic pressure by telephone receivers; Anatel’s regulation for the certification of telecommunication equipment for electromagnetic compatibility.

Imports as well as locally produced products will have to comply with regulation. Product certification and homologation will be mandatory. Agreements between the U.S. and Brazilian testing and certification organizations will greatly facilitate entry of US products into the Brazilian market.

In Brazil, there is no specific legislation for VOIP services. Anatel, Brazilian telecommunications body, considers VOIP a telecommunications service or simply a value-added service, based in the definition established by the Brazilian general telecommunications law (GTL) # 9.472 dated July 16, 1997. This law is the legal telecommunications framework for Brazil. It is important to mention that the definition of telecommunications service established by the GTL is not associated with any technology or any service provision media, but rather with the transmission, emission or receipt concept.

However, the companies that have purchased the licenses to operate the old telegrams system - fixed switched telephone service (FSTS), are expressing some concerns with this issue because there are numerous companies offering this service in country without any specific commitments. FSTS companies have specific obligations for the provision of services and are submitted to rigorous inspection in terms of quality services rendered as well as specific regulations while the new companies offering VOIP are not subject to these rules. Anatel, on the other hand, he emphasized several times that the agency does not intend to create an additional law for VOIP services.
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