GCF Certification is defined by its Certification Criteria.
To become certified, a product needs to be tested against all the Certification Criteria that have been defined for each technology and functionality incorporated within the product.
GCF Certification comprises:
- Conformance Testing: on network simulators,
- Field Trials: verifying device behaviour on live commercial networks
- Interoperability Testing (IOP): end-to-end functional checks.
Through its membership structure and relationships with other industry bodies, GCF ensures that Certification Criteria remain relevant to the current needs of its members and the wider industry.
Key stages of the Certification process
- An Assessment Capable Entity (ACE) identifies all the certification tests applicable to the functionality offered by the new device
- The required testing is undertaken by a Recognised Test Organisation (RTO)
- The ACE reviews all the test results to ensure that all applicable Certification Criteria have been met
- The device manufacturer's Certification Manager (CM) submits the Certification Declaration to GCF's members' portal
- The device certification is published by GCF: all GCF operator members are automatically notified of the new device
A device manufacturer also has the option of assessing its new device against GCF's Key Performance Metrics. The Certification Manager shares the resulting Performance Data Package (PDP) with operators who have a bilateral agreement with the manufacturer.