Cellular Network Access

Connecting your device to networks through PTCRB, GCF, CTIA and Operator Specific Program testing

Devices connecting to cellular networks must meet operator set certifications. Depending upon the network or country your device is operating in, you'll need to certify to PTCRB, GCF, or ODI. The process may be cumbersome, confusing, and lengthy leading to delayed product launch or increases in anticipated testing costs. With decades of experience in test cases and expertise in working with the world's largest cellular networks, Intertek simplifies the process to certify your device getting your cellular connected device to market quickly and cost-efficiently.


Formed in 1997 by a group of leading cellular networks, PTCRB ensures compliance to global operator standards for cellular connected devices. Participating operators include AT&T, Rogers, Sprint, and T-Mobile, among others.

Accredited as a primary test lab to perform PTCRB since 2013 and as a participating member in the TRENDI AT&T program, Intertek simplifies the testing process into just eight steps to certification, concluding with issuance of  certification from PTCRB.


Founded in 1999, The Global Certification Forum certification process includes conformance testing, field trials, and interoperability testing. The GCF scheme covers technologies ranging from 5G, NB-IoT / Cat-M1 (LPWA), LTE/LTE-Advanced/LTE-Advanced-Pro (4G), WCDMA (3G), CDMA2000 (3G), and GSM (2G).

GCF certification is applicable both for module manufacturers and end-product manufacturers seeking to connect to operator networks worldwide.

CTIA Authorized Testing (CATL)

As a CTIA Authorized Testing Lab (CATL), we offer third-party product testing and certification for Over-the-Air (OTA) wireless device performance and battery operation, reliability and safety. 

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Our market-leading solutions provide testing scalability and a set of flexible and mobile-oriented Quality Assurance (QA) services, including regulatory, safety, interoperability and performance testing. We have expertise in testing smartphones, feature phones, wireless routers, hotspots, tablets, laptops, network-enabled devices, and IoT (M2M) devices for "smart city", transportation, healthcare, metering and other applications.

Intertek works with you to define the target market, identify the appropriate industry, operator and regulatory test requirements, and guide you through the entire process from product design to market launch.

Not sure where to start? Let us know and we can help.


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