Why should operators join the PTCRB?
PTCRB was created by operators to establish a third party certification, giving confidence to the operator that the certified device meets a minimum set of requirements established by the members. This gives confidence to the operator that their roaming partner’s device will not cause harm to their network.
Small operators find benefit in PTCRB in that many do not have the resources to conduct testing in a lab of their own. PTCRB also gives the smaller operator a voice in the industry to have features / functions introduced into the industry, when they might not have that voice on their own.
Why should manufacturers obtain PTCRB certification?
Full Operator members, whether active or passive, require all devices to be PTCRB certified. PTCRB operators may block devices which have not received PTCRB certification. Therefore, devices which are not certified may not be able to obtain service when roaming onto a network.
What is required to get PTCRB certification?
The manufacturer will submit a request for certification via the certification database – located on the PTCRB website. During this process the manufacturer will select a primary lab. The primary lab will be responsible for all testing done on the device. The testing required will be determined by the lab based on the devices capabilities.
Upon completion of the testing, the lab will submit the required documentation to the certification database. The manufacturer will also need to submit the documentation required from them to the certification database. The manufacturer will also be required to make payment for certification to CTIA.
CTIA will then ensure that all requirements have been met, and then issue a certification notice to the manufacturer.
Modules and Integrations
Modules are fully tested and certified, similar to a mobile phone. They will follow the process as indicated above.
Integrations that incorporate certified modules have the benefit of already having had the vast majority of test cases completed when the module was certified. The only testing required will be that associated with the interfaces associated with the integration, such as the SIM, power, and RF interfaces. Integrators will follow the same process as indicated in the general section with the exception that the integrator shall indicate which certified module they are using when entering their product into the database.
Integrations may use the same PTCRB Program Management Document (PPMD) requirements document version as the module and use the test results of the module, provided they are using the same software and hardware versions as the certified module.
The purpose of the PTCRB is to provide the framework within which GERAN, UTRAN, and E-UTRAN device certification can take place for members of the PTCRB. This includes, but is not limited to, determination of the test specifications and methods necessary to support the certification process for GERAN, UTRAN, and E-UTRAN devices. This group will also be responsible to generate input regarding testing of devices to standards development organizations.