A typical journey through an LTE carrier’s cellular certification process will likely cost you between $50,000 and $100,000 in internal and external costs and consume several months of your development by the time you have finished a single complete set of testing. If problems arise during any of your cellular certification testing (FCC, SAR, RSE, OTA, ECC, etc) you’ll eventually have to open your wallet for another round of test lab costs. Meanwhile, your internal costs will continue to grow while your engineers struggle to resolve the root causes of your failures.
Even worse, you’ll miss out on revenue from product sales because your carrier will not permit you on their network until you pass certification. In the course of a recent 12 month period, several customers finally came to BluFlux for the first time after struggling to solve carrier certification problems on their own for 6 months or more. It is not uncommon for cellular products to deliver monthly revenue well over $1M. Do the simple math, and you can’t help but realize that delays due to failing cellular certification can be extremely painful.
If you’ve recently experienced a cellular certification failure, BluFlux can help. We combine testing and troubleshooting under one roof to quickly hunt down the root cause of any cellular certification. If it’s possible to solve your problem without respinning your PCB, we’ll implement the solution on the units you send us for testing. And we’ll validate that you’re ready for carrier certification in our RF chamber.
If you’re about to schedule your cellular certification, call us first. For a small fraction of the cost of full carrier certification testing, we’ll evaluate whether you’re ready – and do whatever is needed to get you to that point.
And if you’re just beginning your product development, you can follow the sequence in our Design for Certification Checklist. Download the checklist and reach out to us early as possible in your process so we can answer your questions in a free consultation. Then, when you’re ready, you can schedule a quick set of pre-certification tests to confirm you’re ready to pass Carrier Certification without any trouble.