The Certification Process
Save time and cost by designing your device around a module certified for IoT applications.
Determine whether your device requires any additional operator-specific testing for your target markets.
Comply with government regulations in your target markets.
Submit a certification request via the certification database.
Select an authorized test lab. The lab will test your device and upload the test results to the certification database.
Upload required documentation to the certification database.
Pay the certification fee and lab testing fee.
You will receive confirmation of certification via the certification database once all requirements are met.
IoT Network Certified FAQs
Here are answers to common questions about our IoT Network Certified program. If you have questions that we have not answered, please submit a question or contact us.
Network operators and device manufacturers use the IoT Network Certified program to provide confidence that devices are compatible with global wireless networks and comply with the latest internationally recognized standards.
Yes, by using a fully certified wireless module, only a limited amount of additional testing is required. The module is certified for compliance with 3GPP specifications for wireless network connectivity. The IoT device, incorporating this module, then goes through testing for network performance, SIM card interface, and radiated spurious emissions.
Network performance testing is conducted in an authorized test lab using the CTIA Certification over-the-air performance test plan. This process measures the transmit and receive efficiency of the IoT device’s antenna(s), rendering an accurate assessment of expected performance on operator networks.
There is a $1,500 certification fee and a lab testing fee which is independently determined by an authorized test lab. Additional models that are similar to previously certified models may be submitted as a “Variant” certification, resulting in reduced testing and a certification fee of $1,000.
CTIA Certification working groups are the foundation of our certification programs. This global network of operators, service providers, device manufacturers, test labs, and many others, solve industry challenges, enable new efficiencies, and hold the wireless industry to the highest standard.