MET Laboratories has just signed an agreement with Center Testing International (CTI (News - Alert)), in order to provide NEBS pre-testing in China. The agreement will offer a high level of convenience for telecom manufacturers located in China that desire to perform local NEBS testing, covering Telcordia (News - Alert) standards GR-63 and GR-1089.
MET Labs is an internationally-recognized resource for regulatory certification of electrical products. MET provides testing services required for specific certifications needed to establish product safety, electromagnetic compatibility, environmental hardiness, telecom, metering, fiber optic, wireless and RFID compliance, according to the company’s website. MET is also approved under the Verizon (News - Alert) ITL program for NEBS testing.
Recently, multiple telecom manufacturers have continued to set up R&D and manufacturing facilities in China. This new agreement allows NEBS testing to be much more closely located to these facilities. CTI and MET will be heavily focusing upon preparing the testing facilities and commence testing services to ensure the that by the end of the second quarter of 2011 testing can begin, according to a press release.
Major industry sectors that will benefit from this partnership include telecom and wireless infrastructure equipment manufacturers. This partnership will give Chinese manufacturers a way to penetrate the North American telecom market, cheaper and quicker.
During a recent Podcast with Jeff Hudgins, vice president of marketing at NEI (News - Alert), Hudgins stated, “NEBS certification is different than some of the typical regulatory certifications that you might see out there-, it is really more of a testing methodology. It’s a comprehensive test, which makes it different than other certifications, because in the end you end up with a final test report. I have seen where those test reports are then used by service provider engineers to understand how equipment will work inside the central office and how it will have to be provisioned and allocated, in terms of heat and spacing. It is a much more useful test methodology used by engineers in the end.”
Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jamie Epstein