The Wireless Planning & Coordination (WPC) is a government agency in India that regulates the use of radio and wireless devices. It was established in 1952 and is part of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. WPC issues licenses for wireless devices that operate in India, including those that use unlicensed frequency bands such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Equipment Type Approval (ETA) is required for all wireless devices imported into India, unless the device is certified by WPC to meet applicable safety standards. ETA certificates are also required for wireless devices that operate in unlicensed frequency bands but do not meet WPC certification standards.
Most common products that require WPC ETA certification:
Types of WPC certification:
To apply for a WPC ETA Certificate, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:Foreign manufacturers:
A foreign manufacturer is a manufacturer of wireless devices that is not headquartered in India. To apply for a WPC ETA Certificate, a foreign manufacturer must appoint an Authorized Indian Representative (AIR). The AIR is a legal representative of the foreign manufacturer in India and is responsible for submitting the ETA application and complying with all relevant Indian laws and regulations.Domestic manufacturers
A domestic manufacturer is a manufacturer of wireless devices that is headquartered in India. Domestic manufacturers can apply directly for a WPC ETA Certificate if their wireless products operate in delicensed frequency bands. Delicensed frequency bands are frequency bands that are not licensed to any specific operator or service provider.
It is important to note that all wireless devices that operate in India must be certified by the WPC, regardless of whether they are manufactured domestically or imported. The WPC ETA Certificate is the only valid proof of certification for wireless devices in India.
The following documents are required for WPC-ETA approval:
To register on the WPC online portal, visit the Saral Sanchar portal and click on the "Register" button. Enter your personal details, such as your name, email address, and contact number. Once you have registered, you will be able to log in to the portal and submit an online application for a WPC certificate.
Once you have logged in to the WPC online portal, click on the "Apply new ETA" button. You will be required to provide the self-declaration of every commodity you are importing. You can use your import ID to search whether your equipment falls under the equipment exempted from WPC ETA Approval.Equipment that utilizes different RF(Radio Frequency) can be checked by entering the ID and captcha.
An RF test report issued by an accredited laboratory is mandatory for ETA approval and WPC license registration. RF test reports are required to verify and ensure that the imported equipment falls under the specified frequency range and meets the safety standards.
Once you have obtained the RF test reports, you can submit the WPC application online. You will be required to provide the following documents:
Once you have submitted the WPC application online, you will need to submit the required documents offline to the Wireless Planning and Coordination Authority (WPC). The following documents are required:
You can pay the government fees for WPC registration online through debit/credit cards or wallets. The government fees vary depending on the type of equipment you are importing.
Once the WPC has verified your documents and application, they will issue the WPC certificate for the specific device. Importers can easily import wireless equipment in India after getting the WPC license.
Please note that the WPC certificate is only valid for one year. After one year, you will need to renew your WPC certificate.