Radio Type Approval, Homologation, Certification Services - Global Market Access Solutions
We can offer you reliably all services concerning Type Approval in Ecuador (Quito). Our distinguished contact with the authority in Ecuador (Quito), our good relationship to Agencia de Regulación y Control de Telecomunicaciones (ARCOTEL) as well as the qualification in the homologation of consumer and automotive RF-products and Short Range Devices (SRD) in ISM-Frequency band will create your market access in Ecuador trouble-free and cost-effective.
We will assist you to put your product successfully on the market by offering the following services:
Identify applicable requirements for your specific product or technology feature to comply with current regulations in safety, EMC, wireless, etc.
Provide pre-compliance testing during the design and development phase to determine compliance
Assist in completion of applications and other required forms
Test in our accredited labs or your qualified facilities to issue CB Test Report and Certificate with applicable national differences and other test reports for wireless, etc.
Handle entire submittal process including working with local testing and certification organizations
Arrange for initial factory inspections that are required before certification issuance
Coordinate verification testing on qualified products as needed
Facilitate and expedite project progress with support of IB-Lenhardt AG local team and/or partner
Support renewal maintenance of certificates as needed
User manual translation service when needed
For Ecuador we can offer you a short termed tentative offer based upon a submitted Datasheet of the device: firstname.lastname@example.org
Authority / Regulatory Body
Agencia de Regulación y Control de Telecomunicaciones (ARCOTEL)
Validity Period of Certification
Local Representative Required?
In-Country Testing Required?
Average lead time for radio type approval
News for Ecuador
New regulation survey - cell broadcast (CB)
ARCOTEL will issue a new regulation within this year regarding the certification of devices connected to cellular networks.
Once the regulation is in force the manufacturer must guarantee that the device can support Cell Broadcast in order to receive emergency alert messages.
ARCOTEL invites the manufacturer to participate in the survey until 31-01-2020. Please contact IBL if you need any support.
The questionnaire in Spanish can be downloaded here
Curfews after violent protests
Ecuador’s government declared on 3rd of October 2019 a state of emergency, which was limited to 30 days to restore public order and prevent protests with the military.
In certain areas and in the city of Quito curfews are arranged, which are not only at night, but also partially during the day. All over the city there are currently blockades and demonstrations.
Since public life has partially come to a standstill, we also expect delays in the approval procedures.
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ARCOTEL Released New Regulations
Ecuador's ARCOTEL (La Agencia de Regulación y Control de las Telecomunicaciones) has published Resolución ARCOTEL-2018-0661: Among General Dispositions (p.8), there are three noteworthy parts:
Annex 1: Devices that do not require homologation except for specific terminal equipment (p.9);
Annex 2: Devices that do require certification (p.23);
ARCOTEL, the Ecuadorian Regulator has informed that the Letter of No Action (LoNA) for products not subject to homologation is now voluntary:
Devices with an output power less than 50mW and not considered part of a restricted category are still exempt from Type Approval
WLAN client services (printers, laptops, computers, etc.) no longer require homologation but WLAN master/infrastructure devices still do.
57-64 GHz band open
Following Resolution 03-02-ARCOTEL-2016 from 2016-02-24, changes have been performed to the National Frequency Allocation plan. The frequency band 57-64 GHz for WLAN 802.11ad devices has been allocated and devices using this technology can now be homologated.
New Requirement for 2G/3G/4G devices
Since November 2015, the Ecuadorian Regulator ARCOTEL release only homologation certificates if devices with 2G/3G function operate at least in 850 MHz and 1900 MHz and devices with 4G in at least LTE bands 2 and 4.
SUPERTEL changed name to ARCOTEL
ARCOTEL (Agencia de Regulación y Control de las Telecommunicaciones) is now replacing SUPERTEL (Supertendencia de Telecomunicaciones) as the Ecuadorian Regulatory Authority.
The Type Approval remains unaffected and still no specific label is required. During the transition period, current applications might be delayed by approximately 1-2 weeks.
The Type A electrical plug (or flat blade attachment plug) is an ungrounded plug with two flat parallel pins. Although the American and Japanese plugs appear identical, the neutral pin on the American plug is wider than the live pin, whereas on the Japanese plug both pins are the same size. As a result, Japanese plugs can be used in the US but often not the other way around. The pins on Type A and Type B plugs have a hole near the tip that fits into ‘bumps’ found on the contact wipers of some sockets, so that the pins are gripped more tightly allowing for better contact and also to prevent the plug from slipping out of the socket. Some sockets have spring-action blades that grip the sides of the pins, making the holes obsolete.
The Type B electrical plug has two flat parallel pins and a round grounding (or earth) pin. The earth pin is longer than the other two so that the device is grounded before the power is connected. As with the type A plugs, the American and Japanese versions vary slightly. Type B plugs are rated at 15 amps.