Cellular Devices

Cellular Devices

Comtest has over a decade of experience in assessing the compliance of GSM/ 3G/ LTE Mobile Phones, Smartphones, Cellular Gateways, PDAs, Tracking Devices, Fixed Cellular Terminals, Cellular Data Modems (GSM/ GPRS/ UMTS/ HDPA/ LTE) and Cellular Modules for the Australian market.  

Compliance for all cellular devices is regulated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and they require all cellular devices with WCDMA (3G) and LTE (4G) cellular interfaces to be labelled with the RCM logo.

Comtest provides complete compliance assessment and certification for all cellular devices to be sold on the Australian / New Zealand market. Some devices include:

  • Mobile Phones
  • Tablets
  • Notebooks
  • Tracking Devices
  • Modems with 3G/4G
  • Routers
  • Cellular Car Phones
  • Gateways
  • PDAs
  • Fixed Cellular Terminals
  • Modules

The cellular bands currently in use in Australia are:

3G4G / LTE (FDD Bands)4G / LTE (TDD Bands)
850 MHz (Band 5)2.1 GHz (FDD Band 1)2.5 GHz (TDD Band 38)
900 MHz (Band 8)1.8 GHz (FDD Band 3)2.3 GHz (TDD Band 40)
2100 MHz (Band 1)850 MHz (FDD Band 5)3.5 GHz (TDD Band 42)
 2.6 GHz (FDD Band 7) 
 900 MHz (FDD Band 8) 
 700 MHz (FDD Band 28) 


Comtest is currently working with industry experts and industry standards bodies to confirm the release of new S042 Australian standards (S042.1:2017 and S042.4:2017) in June 2018.


Certification, ACMA requirements testing and reports to the following ACMA and Australian Standards for 3G & LTE Cellular products excluding the battery charger is mandatory:

  1. AS/CA S042.1 & AS/CA S042.4 - IMT-2000 Telecommunications equipment (including Australian requirements)
  2. AS/NZS 60950.1 – Safety of Information Technology Equipment (may apply depending on the product)

Devices fitted with Cellular Modules

All Cellular devices and equipment fitted GSM / GPRS / 3G / LTE modules must comply with the requirements of the ACMA and be labelled with the RCM logo.
This means there are requirements in addition to the GSM Module compliance that must be assessed.

The Australian compliance requirements for devices and equipment that are fitted with tested cellular modules relates to General operation to AS/CA S042.1, Safety to AS/NZS 60950.1, EMC and EMR/SAR compliance for the final device.

For the suppliers of final products, this means that testing of the device and equipment is significantly reduced.

All cellular devices must also comply with Electrical Safety/ EMC/ Radiocommunications and EMR standards before being labelled with the RCM and being supplied.

Refer to the Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Cabling) Instrument 2015 (TLN) for further information.