GCF became the only recognised certification scheme for CDMA2000 products on 1 December 2014.
GCF has taken over responsibility for the development and maintenance of CDMA2000 product certification from the CDMA Certification Forum, which was founded in 2004.
The transfer followed 18 months of collaboration between the two organisations to ensure that CCF tests, certification criteria, processes and databases could be integrated into GCF in order to create a single unified certification process:
- suitable for any mobile product
- incorporating any combination of 3GPP and 3GPP2 wireless technologies
A common certification scheme embracing all 3GPP and 3GPP2 wireless technologies creates efficiencies and generates benefits across the mobile and associated industries.
Two Agreement Groups have been created to handle CDMA2000-related activity within GCF:
GCF Conformance Agreement Group 2 (CAG2)
- Develops and maintains "conformance" and "interoperability" certification criteria for products that incorporate CDMA2000 (3GPP2) wireless technologies.
GCF Test Case Development Agreement Group (TCAG2)
- Develops and maintains GCF Test Specifications for CDMA2000 (3GPP2) products
- Collaborates closely with CAG2 to ensure seamless integration of new test items into the 3GPP2 certification criteria.
The first Certification of a product supporting 3GPP and 3GPP2 using GCF procedures and declarations was completed on 4 November 2014.