Communications Equipment

Certification Of Communications Equipment

All communications equipment which are required to be certified shall be certified by the Commission or its registered certifying agency in accordance with the Communications and Multimedia (Technical Standards) Regulations 2000 (“Regulations”).
The equipment shall be certified by way of:
  1. Compliance approval (Type Approval); or
  2. Special approval.

A Compliance Approval, which is also referred to as Type Approval, is granted to a specific model of a communications equipment which has been confirmed to comply with the standards under the Regulations.
The standards which specify the technical requirements for the certification of communications equipment are listed in the Register of Technical Codes which is accessible from the following link:
The certification process for a compliance approval may involve paper evaluation, laboratory or field tests or a combination of them.
The certification of all communications equipment under the compliance approval is only undertaken by the MCMC’s registered certifying agency for the designated scope.
The certification of communications equipment under the Special Approval may be granted to any communications equipment which is used exclusively by the applicant:
  1. For personal or company's own use;
  2. For trials, market surveys or demonstration of equipment which uses network connections;
  3. Exhibition purposes without network connection;
  4. Research and development (R&D); or
  5. Training;
The certification process for Special Approval may be exempted from the requirements for lab tests or field tests and the certification may be based solely on a paper evaluation.
The Special Approval may also be subjected to within defined parameters which may include location, technical specifications, time period, type or class of users or condition of usage.
Depending on the purposes of the importation, equipment which is granted a Special Approval may be required to be re-exported out of the country or disposed of after the expiry of its validity period.
The certification of communications equipment under the Special Approval may be carried out either by the Commission or its registered certifying agency based on the criteria listed below:
1. Equipment which meets the Class Assignments for own use or for Demo / trial / R&D / exhibition / training Registered certifying agency
2. Applicant with Apparatus Assignment for the equipment
(Personal / Company / Licensee)
Registered certifying agency
3. Vendor with authorization letter from licensee Registered certifying agency
4. Demo / trial / R&D / exhibition / training which requires Apparatus Assignment  MCMC
Equipment which does not meet the Class Assignments but will be subjected to the following conditions:
  1. Operate inside a shielded room or chamber;
  2. The frequency range can be tuned to follow the Class Assignment;
  3. No radio frequency transmission; or
  4. Other conditions (to be specified)
6. Importation of TVRO or other specialized equipment MCMC
For the certification of communications equipment under the Special Approval by the Commission, the applicant is required to submit the following:
  1. [SDD/SA-F01: Template Special Approval Application Letter];
  2. [SDD/SA-F02: Special Approval Application Form]; and
  3. [SDD/SA-C01: Checklist for Special Approval Application].
The timeline for the Special Approval application is listed below:
No. Condition Duration of Process
1. Approval without other stakeholder(s) consent 14 working days
2. Approval subject to Apparatus Assignment (AA)
  • AA issuance: 60 days; and
  • Special Approval: 7 working days after issuance of AA
3. Approval which requires frequency clearance from the relevant department 7 working days after the frequency clearance is obtained
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