Cellular Devices

Cellular Devices

Comtest has more than 10 years 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 controlled by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and they require all cellular devices with GSM, 2.5G data capabilities (GPRS, EDGE, etc), 3G, 4G and LTE cellular interfaces to be labelled with the RCM or A-tick logo.

Comtest provides complete compliance testing 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 2G/3G/4G
  • Routers
  • Cellular Car Phones
  • Gateways
  • PDAs
  • Fixed Cellular Terminals
  • Modules

The cellular bands currently in use in Australia are:

2G3G4G / LTE (FDD Bands)4G / LTE (TDD Bands)
900 MHz850 MHz (Band 5)2.1 GHz (FDD Band 1)2.5 GHz (TDD Band 38)
1800 MHz900 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)* 

*Note: the use of the 700 MHz band is commencing as Analogue TV is removed. 

Comtest is currently working with industry experts and industry standards bodies to implement Bands 28 and 40 into the S042 Australian standard.

What you need for compliance in Australia

GSM Interface (2G & 2.5G)

Certification, testing and a report to the following ACMA A-tick & Australian Standards for GSM products (2G & 2.5G) excluding the battery charger is necessary:

  1. AS/ACIF S042.1 & AS/ACIF S042.3 - GSM Telecommunications Equipment (including Australian requirements)
  2. AS/NZS 60950.1 – Safety of Information Technology Equipment (may apply depending on the product)
  3. Additionally, AS/ACIF S002 applies for FXO ports and AS/ACIF S003 applies for FXS ports if fitted to cellular devices


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/ACIF 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 or A-tick 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 EMC and EMR/SAR (Human Exposure to RF Electromagnetic Radiation) requirements before being labelled with the RCM or A-tick logo and being supplied.

Submitting Samples and Documentation to Comtest

In order to avoid unnecessary delays, please read this guide.