IoT Network Certified means your device complies with globally recognized 4G and 5G wireless network specifications. It further demonstrates that your device meets network performance requirements demanded by wireless network operators.
The program was developed by wireless operators, IoT module and device manufacturers, and test labs to provide a streamlined approach to network connectivity. It is the gold standard for wireless network operators throughout the world while remaining affordable and accessible.
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.
Modules are what provide connectivity to the cellular network. Many certified modules are available around which to design your IoT device. Search our directory here to find the right module for your application.
New Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology, including LTE-M and NB-IoT, is available in many modules and is specifically designed for IoT applications. It provides for extended battery life, a critical capability for devices deployed in the field that may be difficult to access or are designed for very long lifetimes.
8 Steps to Certification for Cellular Enabled IoT Devices
Get the Certification Guide
This comprehensive guide shows you everything you need to do to get IoT Network Certified.
Begin the Certification Process
Starting is easy! Click the below link to submit your certification request.
Here are answers to common questions about the IoT Network Certified program.
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.
The PTCRB certification program ensures device interoperability on global wireless networks and is designed for smartphones, feature phones, tablets, notebook computers, and cellular-enabled wireless modules.
The IoT Network Certified program is similar to the PTCRB certification program but designed specifically for cellular-enabled IoT devices.
The IoT Cybersecurity Certification program improves security for connected devices. This additional certification, which can be added to IoT Network Certified certification, protects consumers and wireless infrastructure while creating a more secure foundation for smart cities, connected cars, mHealth, and other IoT applications. You can learn more by visiting the CTIA Certification website.
Once your device is certified, it will automatically be listed.
If you have an IoT device that is already PTCRB certified, listing that device is quick, easy, and free! Just log into the PTCRB certification database to get started.
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