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What You Need To Know About Transceiver Warranties

By Ward Williams, Chief Commercial Officer, ProLabs

There is some underlying confusion in the market about transceiver warranties and what can make them void – if anything.  As a provider of third-party transceivers focused on quality and value over brand name, we wanted to debunk the myths bring clarity to any uncertainty and ease any doubt in the minds of consumers, so they can make the best choices for their business.

What you need to know:

In the United States, network equipment manufacturers cannot void the system manufacturer’s warranty if a customer installs a third-party transceivers in the system. This would be is referred to as a “tie-in sales provision,” which is illegal. This is specifically prohibited in the consumer market by section 102(c) of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 (15 United States Code section 2302(c)). Moreover, in the networking equipment and server markets, tie-in sales provisions can violate sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act (15 United States Codesections 1 and 2).

According to the European law, an explicit or implicit “warranty tie” would amount to illegal tying under Art 101 and 102 of the TFEU (Treaty of Functioning of the European Union), and equivalent laws in each Member State.

As you’re networking (no pun intended) at OFC in Anaheim, don’t get caught in a trap about warranties. Remember if you buy a battery at the supermarket and use it in your radio, will that void the radio’s warranty, or install an XYZ tire on your ABC car, would it void the warranty on the car? The answer is the same for transceivers – no.


Ward Williams is the Chief Commercial Officer for ProLabs


Posted: 15 March 2016 by Ward Williams, Chief Commercial Officer, ProLabs | with 0 comments

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