CONATEL (Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones) is the regulator of the country’s national telecommunications system. The agency is responsible for verifying product compliance with applicable regulations in order to commercialize in Paraguay. All products using radio frequency, fax-modem cards as well as equipment that connects to the public network require type approval and certification.
Paraguay does not require in-country product testing, but does require local representation for CONATEL certification. LARCG can provide Certification Holder Services if you don’t have a presence in Paraguay.
LARCG can use existing international test reports for the homologation process. Technical documents will be reviewed and validated in the approval process.
Paraguay has restrictions in the frequency band between 902 MHz to 928 MHz. LARCG will help determine if these restrictions apply to your equipment and how to pursue exceptions.
Products requiring CONATEL approval include:
Car audio systems
Key CONATEL Resolutions:
Resolution 588, 2009: Regulation for the homologation process of telecommunications equipment
Resolution 878, 2014: Updates Resolution 588, 2009, permitting the use of test reports older than 2 years along with a declaration letter from manufacturer stating that equipment didn’t suffer any modifications since the testing.
Resolution 1631, 2014: Updates Resolution 588, 2009, permitting label alternatives in case of reduced size of the equipment
Resolution 1193, 2014: Partially updates Resolution 588, 2009 in reference to article 19 – equipment identification requirements
There are labeling requirements with CONATEL that may apply depending on the type of equipment.
For products that do not require CONATEL approval, the regulatory agency will provide a No Homologation letter to avoid any issues with customs.
Type C plugs, rated at 2.5 Amps, are most commonly used in South America, Asia, and Europe (except the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta). They operate on AC current at 220 – 240 Volts. Probably the most widely used international plug, CEE 7/16 or Europlug, features two 4 mm round pins measuring 19 mm in length, which are spaced 17.5 mm apart at the tip and 18.6 mm apart from the center point of each pin’s base. 10 mm long insulated sleeves slightly cover the base of the pins; however, they are relatively flexible which allows the plug to mate with any socket that accepts 4.0 – 4.8 mm round contacts on 17.5 – 19 mm centers. As a class II plug, the Europlug is generally limited to applications that require 2.5 Amps or less. Note: whereas type C plugs are very commonly used, this is not the case for type C sockets, as these sockets are older and not grounded. Most counties now require grounded sockets to be installed in new buildings; and as such, the sockets have become illegal almost everywhere – they are being replaced by type E, F, J, K or N. To be clear, only the sockets have become illegal; the plugs remain in use.