Wireless Planning & Coordination (WPC)

Introduction to WPC Approvals

Wing of the Ministry of Communications, is the National Radio Regulatory Authority responsible for Frequency Spectrum Management, including licensing and caters for the needs of all wireless users (Government and Private) in the country. It exercises the statutory functions of the Central Government and issues licenses to establish, maintain and operate wireless stations. WPC is divided into major sections like Licensing and Regulation (LR), New Technology Group (NTG) and Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation (SACFA). SACFA makes the recommendations on major frequency allocation issues, formulation of the frequency allocation plan.

Various categories of Terrestrial/ Satellite and Non-Network License modules were launched / installed on Saral Sanchar portal in the year 2020. Further to this whole process has now been simplified and made paperless and on “Single Scrutiny basis”

Why is WPC Approval required?

WPC ETA is required for importing any Radio equipment into India, including walkie-talkie, RC cars/boats, drones/UAV, ZigBee, WiFi, Bluetooth devices, RFID, NFC, Wireless Chargers, etc. Imports of radio equipment into India, without WPC Approval will be confiscated by Customs at point of entry.

Who Can Apply?

Any of the below listed parties can apply to get their products certified with WPC.

Authorised Indian Representative (AIR) of Foreign OEM

Indian OEM

Authorised Indian Representative (AIR)

In the ETA scheme, AIR as an applicant on behalf of a foreign manufacture/exporter, is fully responsible for the product’s compliance and post compliance during audits, surveillance or any queries raised by the regulator, and to provide complete technical and admin support.

What Approvals are required?
Equipment Type Approval (ETA) required for products with Radios used in unlicensed bands

There are 2 types of ETAs. Self-Declaration ETAs and non-Self-Declared ETAs.
Wireless equipment’s exempted from licensing is listed in NFAP-Annexure 1 Oct 2018 (National Frequency Allocation Plan)

Also published in  “List of Gazette Notifications regarding De-licensing band, issued by WPC Wing, DoT” in Aug 2020.

Self-Declared ETAs (ETA-SD)

ETA-SDs are for certain categories of wireless equipment operating in license exempt bands with low transmission power and are exempted from import licensing requirement as per the EXIM policy of DGFT

ETA through self-declaration is permitted for commercial / finished products such as mobile / computing devices viz as mobile handsets, smart phones, electronic notepads, laptops, Smartwatches, Short Range Devices including accessories, microphones, speakers , headphones, earphones, printers, scanners, cameras etc., operating in licensed exemption bands as permitted in India. A self-declaration from importer / authorised Indian representative may be treated as sufficient evidence to process such clearances by the Customs and Central Excise Authorities.

  • On-line Applications; per Model
  • Local Testing NOT required if accredited test reports are available.
  • Local Representative is required. Foreign manufacturers cannot register directly on WPC portal to apply for ETAs
  • No Labelling requirement.
  • Life-Time Certificate

Documents Required for ETA SD approval

*Foreign manufacturers are not entitled to directly register on WPC portal to apply for ETAs. Applicant must be a local entity. 

Frequency bands covered under de-licensed category applicable for ETA SD and Scrutiny based ETAs can be reviewed in the link provided below.

https://dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/Gazette_Notifications.pdf

Non-Self-Declared ETAs (Scrutiny Based ETAs)

For products that are not exempted from import licensing requirement as per the policy of DGFT, hard copy applications with all relevant documents (same as ETA-SD) must be submitted to a regional WPC office to obtain the Equipment Type-Approval.

This system is on the verge of being updated to an online process. 

Documents Required for Non-Self-Declared ETAs (Scrutiny based ETAs)

How can C-PRAV help?

Contact C-PRAV to obtain your Experimental License/ Manufacturing and Testing License/Demonstration and Testing License/ Import License/ Dealers Possession License

All submission and renewals pertaining to DPL is through online. Online facility to obtain Import License for certain categories is currently under development at WPC

Import License will not be required for Standalone Antenna and other RF accessories. WPC Import License/NOC will not be required for non-RF devices whereas Import License will be required for import of RF Amplifiers.

Below shown link, if required only.

https://dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/Compendium%20of%20Orders%20  related%20import%20licence%20-signed%20copy%20060722.pdf

C-PRAV is highly experienced in WPC Approvals. Highly competent with Technical knowledge of Radio Standards, Testing and reviewing Technical Reports which are critical for WPC Type Approvals. Our Global Testing and Certification experience helps obtaining WPC ETAs very efficiently.

Technical knowledge is very critical for Self-Declaration ETAs as the onus of product compliance responsibility is on the Local Representative. Audit activity is high for ETA-SDs hence OEMs must not risk product recalls and fines at a later stage.

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