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South Africa

Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. The Republic of South Africa, as it is now known, is an emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources; well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors; a stock exchange that is 17th largest in the world; and modern infrastructure supporting an efficient distribution of goods to major urban centers throughout the region. Growth was robust from 2004 to 2008 as South Africa reaped the benefits of macroeconomic stability and a global commodities boom, but began to slow in the second half of 2008 due to the global financial crisis' impact on commodity prices and demand. South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010.

  • Population: 49,052,489 (2009 est.)
  • Telephone main lines: 4.425 million (2008)
  • Mobile telephone subscribers: 45 million (2008)
  • Internet hosts: 1.73 million (2009)
  • Internet users: 4.187 million (2008)
  • Digital leased line interface type: E1
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Telecommunications equipment is communications or networking equipment with interface(s) to public network or wide area network (WAN) services. Common telecom network interfaces include T1/E1, ISDN BRI, ISDN PRI, ADSL, serial and analogue PSTN.

Compliance International can help you understand how the following approval requirements apply to your telecom equipment products:

ICASA Telecom Equipment Type Approval

The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA) regulates telecommunications in South Africa. Telecommunication line terminal equipment (TLTE) is subject to type approval by ICASA. Approval is typically issued based on foreign standard test reports that demonstrate compliance with South African technical standards.

Compliance International can help you complete ICASA approval in South Africa with our turnkey support service, which includes building the technical application package, engineering test support where required, interfacing with regulatory officials, and end-to-end management of the approval process. We can provide the required local applicant for clients who lack a local presence.

NRCS LoA/CoC

South Africa's NRCS requires a Letter of Authority (LoA) for product safety and Certificate of Conformity (CoC) for EMC for some telecommunications equipment, some radio equipment, and information technology equipment.

Compliance International can help you complete NRCS LoA and CoC in South Africa with our turnkey support service, which includes building the technical application package, interfacing with regulatory officials, and end-to-end management of the approval process. We can provide the required local applicant for clients who lack a local presence.

Wireless and radio equipment covers any device with a radio transmitter. This includes mobile (GSM or CDMA) handsets, wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment such as Wi-Fi devices, Bluetooth devices, Zigbee devices, WiMAX devices, RFID equipment, contactless card readers, and a whole host of other products that incorporate some kind of RF transmitter.

Compliance International can help you understand how the following approval requirements apply to your wireless and radio equipment products:

ICASA Radio Equipment Type Approval

The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA) regulates telecommunications in South Africa. Radio equipment is subject to type approval by ICASA. In many cases ICASA will issue approval based on review of foreign standard test reports to demonstrate compliance with South African technical standards.

Compliance International can help you complete ICASA approval in South Africa with our turnkey support service, which includes building the technical application package, engineering test support where required, interfacing with regulatory officials, and end-to-end management of the approval process. We can provide the required local applicant for clients who lack a local presence.

NRCS LoA/CoC

South Africa's NRCS requires a Letter of Authority (LoA) for product safety and Certificate of Conformity (CoC) for EMC for some telecommunications equipment, some radio equipment, and information technology equipment.

Compliance International can help you complete NRCS LoA and CoC in South Africa with our turnkey support service, which includes building the technical application package, interfacing with regulatory officials, and end-to-end management of the approval process. We can provide the required local applicant for clients who lack a local presence.

Non-telecom ITE is any information technology equipment -- essentially any device with a microprocessor -- that has no telecommunications or radio interface. This includes products such as computer printers and monitors, as well as many types of local area network (LAN) equipment.

Compliance International can help you understand how the following approval requirements apply to your ITE products:

NRCS LoA/CoC

South Africa's NRCS requires a Letter of Authority (LoA) for product safety and Certificate of Conformity (CoC) for EMC for some telecommunications equipment, some radio equipment, and information technology equipment.

Compliance International can help you complete NRCS LoA and CoC in South Africa with our turnkey support service, which includes building the technical application package, interfacing with regulatory officials, and end-to-end management of the approval process. We can provide the required local applicant for clients who lack a local presence.