Standardization and Type Approval
(PURA) has within its remit the responsibility of type approving and accepting all telecommunications equipment intended to work within the public telecommunications networks in the country. It is also responsible for type approving or accepting radio communication equipment intended for use in The Gambia.
Equipment That Require Type Approval
All telecommunications terminal and radio communications equipment intended to send, process or receive information within the public telecommunications network is subject to type approval by the Authority.
The system of interconnection may be wire, radio, and optical or other electro-magnetic system.
Examples of the said terminal equipment include but are not limited to: –
- Telephones (ordinary, executive, secretarial sets).
- Cordless telephones
- Telephone answering and recording systems
- Cellular telephones (GSM, ETACS etc.)
- Payphones (coin and card operated)
- Call monitoring and logging systems
- Subscriber private meters (SPMs)
- Facsimile transceivers
- Call routing apparatus
- Public Branch Exchanges (PBXs)
- Key Telephone System (KTS)
- Small Business System (SBS)
- Multi line systems
- Voice messaging systems
- Data modems and fax modems
- Multiplexers, packet assemblers disassemblers (PADs)
- Radio communication equipment
- Citizen band
- Amateur band
- Radio paging terminals and transmitters
- Alarm transmitters
- Telemetry and command modules etc.
Who Needs to Seek Type Approval
Only duly registered vendors within the liberalized telecommunications market in The Gambia are allowed to market terminal equipment. They must, however, first obtain type approval from the Authority for each model of equipment model they intend to market prior to offering the equipment for sale in the market. Type approval is not required if the model has previously been type approved for marketing by another vendor.
The Authority shall not grant type approval to the equipment manufacturer unless they are registered as terminal equipment vendors after fulfilling the mandatory licensing requirements.
Individuals who procure terminals of models that have already been granted type approval for marketing are not required to seek further type approval.
Individuals are, therefore, advised to ensure that any vendor offering them terminal equipment for sale first produces documentary proof that the model is type approved by the Authority.