ARCOTEL (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones) is the regulating body in charge of regulation and control of telecommunications equipment as well as monitoring the use of radio spectrum frequencies. Wireless products, cellular, satellite, and other PSTN equipment require approval and certification in Ecuador prior to importation and commercialization.
All products to be certified typically require in-country testing with one conducted sample. LARCG will assist with importation of the sample and will handle the entire certification process for you. Technical documents will be required for the ARCOTEL approval process.
Local representation is not required and there are no labeling requirements that are enforced at this time.
There are some low power product exemptions and for the products that do not require approval, the Agency will provide a ‘No Homologation’ letter to have for your records and to avoid any issues with Customs upon importation of the equipment to Ecuador.
Products Requiring ARCOTEL Approval:
Home Entertainment Systems
Common ARCOTEL Resolutions:
RESOLUTION 452-29, 2007: Regulation for the homologation process of telecommunications equipment
RESOLUTION 67, 2012: Policies and measures to avoid negative environmental impact from materials used in cellular products.
Organic Telecommunications Law 439, 2015: Regulation and control of telecommunications approval process.
Current lead time for ARCOTEL approval and certification is 5 weeks.
Some products in Ecuador require INEN safety certification depending on the electrical characteristics and the type of product.
Latin America Regulatory Compliance Group will help you navigate thru the regulations to determine what approvals are required on your products.
Type A plugs, rated at 15 Amps, are used mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Central America. This Class I, non-grounded, non-insulated plug that operates on AC current and is known as NEMA 1-15. The plug has two 1.5 mm thick blades which measure 15.9 – 18.3 mm in length and are spaced 12.7 mm apart. The neutral blade is 7.9 mm wide, while the hot blade is 6.3 mm wide. This plug almost always operates between 100 – 127 volts and is only compatible with socket type A.
Type B plugs, rated at 15 amps, are used mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Central America. This class I grounded, non-insulated plug that operates on AC current and is known as NEMA 5-15. The plug has two 1.5 mm thick blades which measure 15.9 – 18.3 mm in length, and are spaced 12.7 mm apart. It also features a 4.8 diameter round, or u-shaped earth pin measuring 3.2 mm which acts as a ground. This plug almost always operates between 100 – 127 volts and is compatible with type A and B sockets. Grounded type B outlets are still rather uncommon in some parts of Central and South America. However, it is not uncommon for people to cut off the earth pin to achieve compatibility with two-pole non-grounded sockets.