Type Approval is defined as the process by which an RTTE is certified by the NCA to be used in Somalia. It involves verification of an RTTE to make sure it complies with the applicable International Standards and essential requirements.

Type approval of equipment is also intended to ensure that no substandard equipment which may represent health and safety hazards to consumers are used in Somalia. In addition, Type Approval serves to protect consumers from products that are not compatible with the local telecommunications network and ensures that the operating frequency of all radio communication equipment is in conformity with the Somali frequency spectrum allocation plan to avoid causing harmful interference to essential services.