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  • BrazilANATEL released a public consultation on the update of Act 3481

    ANATEL released the public consultation on the update of Act 3481 (Technical requirements and test procedures for the conformity assessment of chargers used in mobile phones).


    The main features and amendments of the Act are:

    1. Vehicular chargers – ESD testing must be done according to ISO 10605/2008, not IEC 61000-4-2 as previously (see item 6.1)
    2. Mint label for vehicular chargers installed inside the car panel will be voluntary (see item 9.1.1). Alternatively, the manufacturer can omit the mint label and label the charger with the ANATEL ID instead.
    3. ESD (ISO 10605) and Electrical transient (ISO 7637-2) testing exclusively for USB type vehicular charger installed in the car panel or other parts of the vehicle can be done in a 1st part or 2nd part laboratory (see item 10.4).

    Comments and suggestions may be submitted until 7 November 2021.

    The release date of the final version is still unknown.

    Source: Official link, English version


  • JapanJapan: Amended Radio Act Enforcement Regulations

    MIC published amendment of the Radio Act Enforcement Regulations on 31 AUG 2021 for UWB and Millimeter-Wave Radar

    The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) have released an updated version of the Radio Act Enforcement Regulations, Radio Equipment Regulations and Technical Standards Conformity Certification of Specified Radio Equipment in order to extend the UWB wireless system frequency band to 7.25 – 9 GHz for outdoor use.

    Further technical conditions to be met by the equipment are:

    - occupied frequency bandwidth tolerance shall be 1.75 GHz

    - housing must be designed so that it cannot be easily opened

    - peak antenna power 0dBm per 50 MHz or less/ average antenna power -41.3 dBm/MHz or less

    Technical requirements for millimeter-wave radars in 60 GHz band (57 GHz – 64 GHz)

    -antenna power: 12dBm or less

    -EIRP maximum 17 dBm

    Source: Official link


  • ArgentinaMandatory testing of medical devices

    The Argentinian authority ENACOM released Resolución 1248/2021, in which one lab has been accredited to test the ENACOM-Q2-60.15 Medical Devices standard. This means local testing will be mandatory from March 1, 2022.

    Maximum allowed output power per band:

    • Band 9 - 315 kHz: 30 dBμA/m @ 10m in EPZA
    • Band 30 - 37.5 MHz: 150 000 μV/m @ 3 m in EPZA
    • Band 401-406 MHz: 18,260 μV/m @ 3 m in EPZA
    • Band 430-440 MHz: 1,480 μV/m @ 3 m en EPZA

    Until March 1, 2022 manufacturers are allowed to approve their medical devices with a DoC including: Manufacturer name and address, Product description (brand, model, specification and other details), reference to compliance to ENACOM-Q2-60.15 standard, date and signatory name/surname/position.

    Source:

    RESOL-2021-1248 (Spanish)

    RESOL-2020-863 (Spanish)


  • GeneralBluetooth SIG: Launch Studio Enhancements

    Launch Studio is the Bluetooth SIG's online system for managing the member qualification process.

    Recently, Launch Studio has been updated with some useful enhancements:

    • Test Declaration check

    The completed test plan (test declaration) is automatically checked for inconsistencies by the system when the file is uploaded.

    The member is now informed if e.g. test results, data or references are missing.

    • Product Import

    An Excel template is now available for multiple product lists. The data can be filled in offline and allows a mass upload of products to be listed.

    Official login link


  • BrazilANATEL public consultation no. 40 on signal booster devices

    In August 2021 the approval authority in Brazil launched a public consultation on internal signal booster devices used to expand the coverage area of telecommunication devices, e. g. mobile networks in indoor environments.

    The aim of the consultation is the seamless integration of booster devices into the current regulatory framework in Brazil.

    The deadline for the reception of contributions is set by 18.10.2021.

    Source: Official link


  • EcuadorEcuador amends list of recognized organization for type approval

    The authority ARCOTEL of Ecuador updated recently their list of organizations from which certificates are accepted for Type Approval.

    This makes it possible to leverage other approvals than FCC or EU in order to obtain Type Approval in Ecuador.

    The current list of entities accepted for type approval:

    • National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil (ANATEL)
    • Bureau Of Indian Standards (BIS)
    • China's Ministry Of Industry and Information Technology (CMIIT)
    • European Community (CE) / Declarations of Conformity (DoC)
    • European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI)
    • Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America (FCC)
    • Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS)
    • National Communications Commission of Taiwan (NCC)
    • The Certification and Engineering Bureau of industry of Canada (CEBIC)

    Source: Official Link


  • United KingdomUpdate Transition Period

    On 24 August 2021, the British Information Commissioner’s Office published the following news on its website

    “Businesses are encouraged to be ready for full implementation of the new UK regime as soon as possible.
    However, to allow businesses time to adjust, CE marked goods in scope of this guidance that meet EU requirements (where these match UK requirements) can continue to be placed on the GB market until 1 January 2023 where EU and UK requirements remain the same. This includes goods which have been assessed by an EU recognised notified body.

    The UKCA mark must be used for placing goods on the GB market from 1 January 2023.”

    Source: Official Link


  • ChileSUBTEL publishes extended regulation

    In order to bring their regulation into line with international standards, the Chilean authority Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL) developed Resolución 1321 Exenta, which was published on July 27, 2021 and updates Resolución 1985 Exenta, the fixed technical standard for short range devices in Chile.

    The following articles of the regulation were adjusted:

    1. Article 1, item h)
      The frequency band 13553 – 13567 kHz and its corresponding maximum electric field strength 20 mv/m at 30 meters (regarding equipment used for medical applications) were added.
    1. Article 1, item j.1)
      17 mw/MHz were replaced by 17 dBm/MHz.
    1. Article 1, item j.1)
      Devices may operate outdoors, using internal batteries, in the 5925-7125 MHz frequency band with a maximum average EIRP power of 17 dBm.
    1. Article 4
      Non-compliance with Resolución 1985 is punishable in accordance with the provisions of Title VII of General Telecommunications Law No. 18.168.

    Source: Resoclución 1321 Exenta and Resolución 1985 Exenta


  • Saudi ArabiaCITC E-Label ICT Equipment and Radio Modules

    All mobile phones, tablets and mobile computers or devices that are provided with display or that can be connected to a display are required to have CITC E-Label embedded in their software as a proof of compliance.

    The E-label should be affixed with the type approval certificate number (TA xxxx-y).

    Reference: GEN002, GEN003 technical standards issued 10/07/2021


  • SingaporeThe IMDA released a new version of the IMDA TS SRD

    The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore released a new version of the IMDA TS SRD on August 2, 2021

    The document defines the requirements for Short Range Devices to be authorized to operate in the specific frequency bands open for SRDs.
    The update added a Sub-Section for Equipment Safety Testing (4.2.2) as well as a Conformity Assessment Checklist for SRDs (Annex A).

    Please refer to Annex B for the specific changes and Annex B1 for the detailed changes in the frequency table (Table 1).

    The new version can be downloaded here


  • ArubaGranted equipment approval validity of 5 years

    Aruba's Directie Telecommunicatie Zaken (DTZ) informed that the validity period of granted equipment approval has been changed from unlimited to five years from the date of issuance starting from July 2021.

    Important note: The new period of validity has no impact on the existing certificates.

    Source: Internal research


  • Equatorial GuineaCertificate validity in Equatorial Guinea remains unchanged

    As the authority ORTEL informed IB-Lenhardt AG personally, the certificate validity for telecommunication equipment has not been modified.

    Despite the fact that some Type Approval consultants and manufacturers were publishing misleading information, ORTEL is distancing from the publication.

    For a detailed factual description on regulatory stipulations, please refer to Ministerial 13/2012, Artículo 15.2.

    Source: Official document Núm 269/2021 from ORTEL provided on 5th of August 2021 - Download here


  • BrazilANATEL released Act 5205 about the opportunity to obtain a DoC

    Act 5205 is related to Act 7280 and describes the procedure to obtain a Declaration of Conformity without the necessity to include an OCD. Involving an OCD is optional, the approval can be handled directly with ANATEL.

    Document requirements remain unchanged and the CoC will be replaced by a DoC with unlimited validity.

    The Act is applicable only for some types of equipment, such as Fiber Optic Connector, Connector for Coaxial Cable, xDSL Filter - Switch Splitter, Aerial Optical Terminal Box, Underground Optical Terminal Box and Underground Optical Terminal Box for Residential Areas and Small Commercial Buildings.

    Official Source:


  • MalaysiaNew requirement for Certificate holders

    The Malaysia certification body SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd requested the certificate holders to sign and complete the compliance declaration uploaded to e-ComM (SIRIMs online portal). Please return the signed version to SIRIM’s address until 31st August 2021.
    With this declaration the certificate holders confirm to SIRIM’s terms and conditions for Type Approval and accept to use the online portal to submit Type Approval applications, receive certificates and upload labels via the self-labelling program.
    In case SIRIM does not receive the signed version in time the certificate holders may not be able to submit new applications or requests for renewals.

    Source: official link


  • South AfricaPublic comments on Draft National Frequency Plan 2021

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) currently gives notice of the Electronic Communications Act (No 36 of 2005) “Draft National Frequency Plan 2021”.
    Stakeholders are encouraged to submit written representations including an electronic concept illustrating their view on the draft in MS Word format.

    All interested parties are invited to present their observations no later than 27 August 2021 4 p.m. local time.

    Source: official document


  • GeneralBluetooth SIG: new Bluetooth version v5.3 has been released

    From now on, the new Bluetooth Core version v5.3 has been published and is available for Qualification.

    The new version includes the following feature enhancements:

    • Periodic Advertising Enhancement
    • Encryption Key Size Control Enhancement
    • Connection Subrating
    • Channel Classification Enhancement
    • Removal of the Alternate MAC and PHY (AMP) Extension

    A detailed summary of the new feature enhancements can be found here:


  • EU (RE-D)New list of harmonized standards

    The European Commission published a new list of harmonized standards in the official journal.

    Some of the additions include EN 303 204 V3.1.1

    Fixed Short Range Devices (SRD) in data networks and EN 302 066 V2.2.1 Short Range Devices (SRD); Ground- and Wall- Probing Radio determination (GPR/WPR) devices as well as EN 302 208 V3.3.1

    Radio Frequency Identification Equipment operating in the band 865 MHz to 868 MHz with power levels up to 2 W and in the band 915 MHz to 921 MHz with power levels up to 4 W Please refer to the link below for detailed changes.

    Source: official link


  • Saudi ArabiaUpdate technical specifications

    The Communications and Information Technology Commission’s (CITC) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently updated the technical specifications of communications and information technology devices and equipment to accommodate to the latest technological developments.

    These specifications cover all communication and information technology devices and equipment manufactured in or supplied to the Kingdom.

    CITC has published the updated technical specifications on their website

    Source: Official Link


  • ThailandSlight delays to be expected

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation in Thailand, the government imposed a stricter lockdown with immediate effect.

    The authority National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is currently working from home until August, 2nd. Starting from August, 3rd NBTC will resume working after returning partially to office.

    Source: internal research


  • GeneralIslamic holidays

    Next week, from 19th July until 23rd July 2021, the Islamic holidays Eid al-Adha take place.

    Therefore, authority delays are expected in all Muslim countries

    Source: internal research


  • SamoaLabel Requirements for type approval equipment

    As announced in the Regulator No.2021/T02 (‘Order’), the administration of Samoa has approved a trademark as a symbol for telecommunications equipment.

    The trademark will be issued together with the Type Approval Certificate which includes the approval Type Approval Identification Code.

    The new order came into force on 23 June 2021.

    The official document can be downloaded here


  • United StatesThe FCC published new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    On 22th of June, the FCC released a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Part 15.255 impacting 57 - 71 GHz band devices.

    This includes WiGig wireless local area networking devices, fixed point-to-point communication links, as well as FDS/radar devices.

    The Proposed Rules are now open for comments.

    Source: Fact Sheet FCC


  • EU (RE-D)EU Commission implements decision on 6 GHz band

    The EU Commision implements the decision (EU) 2021/1067 of 17 June 2021 on the 6 GHz band (5 945-6 425 MHz) for use of wireless access systems and radio local area networks (WAS/RLAN).

    The decision was published in the Offical Journal on 30 June 2021. Member states should make the band availably by 1 December 2021 on a non-exclusive, non-interfernece and non-protected basis.

    Two classifications are made: “Low Power Indoor (LPI)” devices for indoor use only and “Very Low Power (VLP)” devices considered as portable for indoor and outdoor use.

    Details can be found in the annex of the decision.

    Downloadlink for the Decision (EU) 2021/1067


  • PeruResolución Ministerial N° 488-2021-MTC/01 released by MTC

    In the above-mentioned regulation, the 470-698 MHz band is being granted for unlicensed use.
    The technical parameters correspond to the TV broadcast parameters in the same band.

    Band 470-698 MHz along with 5925 – 7125 MHz (The 6GHz band) are available for unlicensed use.

    Source: Official document can be downloaded here


  • BrazilAct 3939 released by ANATEL

    In June 2021, ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações) in Brazil published Act 3939 which serves as Declaration of Conformity guideline.
    The new regulation allows the applicant (local representative) to apply directly at ANATEL without approaching an OCD.

    The requirements remain unchanged, the only modification is the replacement of the CoC by a DoC.

    Please note that the possibility to apply for a DoC only affects some equipment categories explicitly mentioned in Act No. 7280, released in November 2020.

    Source: official link (in Portuguese)


  • Ivory CoastAIGF allows 76-77 GHz for vehicular radar

    The Agence de Gestion des Fréquences Radioélectriques (AIGF) from Ivory Coast have paved the way for use of 76-77 GHz frequency band for vehicular radars.

    In a letter from 7 Jun 2021, the AIGF informed the General Manager of ARTCI (Autorité De Régulation Des Télécommunications/TIC de Côte d’Ivoire), that 76-77 GHz Radars for vehicles can be approved for use in the country. Basically the wish was to open the 76-81 GHz band for this application, but due to other applications in this field, the usage of vehicle anti-collision radar is limited to 76-77 GHz.

    Source: local partner - official document can be downloaded here


  • AfghanistanNew Type Approval Regulation

    The Afghanistan Telecommunication Authority (ATRA) released a new Type Approval Regulation - following the Standards Type Approval Procedure new approved devices should bear a label.

    Source: Link Official document


  • United StatesAllocation of Spectrum for Non-Federal Space Launch Operations

    The FCC announced a proposed rule change regarding the reallocation of spectrum for the space launch industry seeking comments on the usage of the frequency bands 420 - 430 MHz, 2025-2110 MHz and 5650-5925 MHz. Beside the raw allocation of spectrum the FCC is also seeking comments on the establishment of licensing and technical rules for the use of the spectrum for commercial space launch operations and the coordination procedures thereof.

    Comments are due unto July 12th 2021.

    Source: Federal Register (PDF)


  • ChinaSRRC backlog in authority test lab

    Recently, a lot of SRRC projects are backlogging in the lab, it will take around 2 months currently to wait for official SRRC test.

    In this situation, the customer can reduce this waiting time by choosing pretest/commission test for an additional testing fee.


  • New ZealandOpen consultation for 6 GHz devices

    Due to the increased use of WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) in New Zealand, Radio Spectrum Management (RMS) has opened a public consultation seeking feedback on their preliminary views and proposals for the 5925 MHz - 7125 MHz frequency range.

    RSM proposes to authorise the General User Radio Licence (GURL) for Short Range Devices (SRD) to cover low power and very lower power WLAN devices in the range 5925 - 6425 MHz:

    • Low Power devices operating at 24 dBm for indoor use only
    • Very Low Power devices operating at 14 dBm for all locations

    Comments shall be submitted no later than 5pm on 30th of June 2021 per email to: Radio.Spectrum@mbie.govt.nz with subject line: “Consultation Submission - WLAN use in the 6 GHz band”

    Source: Authority website


  • IndiaUpdate MTCTE Procedure

    On 24 May, the Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) of India released an updated version 2.1 of the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment (MTCTE) Procedure.

    The main changes consist in a complement of the following subjects:

    • Equipment labeling guidelines and TEC Logo
    • Requirements for ILAC test reports
    • Control of products by carrying out market surveillance

      The amended version 2.1 can be downloaded here

  • MexicoIFT opens public consultation for Wi-Fi 6E

    The Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) has opened a public consultation on the Draft Agreement by which the Plenary of the Federal Telecommunications Institute classifies the frequency band 5925-7125 MHz as free spectrum and issues the technical operating conditions for this band.

    The public consultation duration to be hold From May 28, 2021 to June 24, 2021

    Source: official link


  • AustraliaACMA publishes amendment to Short Range Devices Standard

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) issued on 27 April 2021 the Radiocommunications (Short Range Devices) Amendment Standard 2021 (No. 1) under the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

    The updates to the old Radiocommunications (Short Range Devices) Standard 2014 include the following:

    • The reference to Australian/New Zealand Industry Standard AS/NZS 4268:2012 Radio equipment and systems – Short range devices – Limits and methods of measurement is updated in order to define minimum performance requirements and methods of measurement for short range devices
    • The reference to international standards in order to provide an alternative to AS/NZS 4268 for testing methods

    Source: official link


  • MoroccoAuthority allows Wi-Fi 6E and 24 GHz radars

    The Moroccan National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) published a new decision on Short Range Devices (SRD) on 7th May 2021.

    The new decsion ANRT/DG/N°07/21 allows Wi-Fi 6E devices. Besides the introduction of Wi-Fi 6E, the 24 GHz band is made available for omnidirectional radars of obstacle detection and motion detection radars. The decision comes into effect starting June.

    1. Introduction of Wi-Fi 6E

    Frequency bands Max output power Special conditions

    5925 – 6425 MHz

    200 mW EIRP

    This band is intended for indoor use only.

    Use inside vehicles /rolling stock is not allowed.

    5925 – 6425 MHz

    25 mW EIRP

    This band can also be used by portable devices (smartphones, connected objects, etc.) for indoor and /or outdoor use.

    These uses are not permitted in unmanned flying devices.


    2. Extension of the scope of use of the band 24,00 – 24,25 GHz to cover omnidirectional obstacle detection radars and motion detection radars

    Frequency bands

    Max output power

    Special conditions

    24,00 – 24,25 GHz

    100 mW EIRP

    This band is intended for omnidirectional obstacle detection radars and motion detection radars


    Further changes on the use of SRD can be found here in the full decision: https://www.anrt.ma/sites/default/files/decision_a2fp_-vf-_mod_07.05.2021.pdf

    Source: https://www.anrt.ma/en/lagence/actualites/wifi-6e-now-authorized-morocco


  • SingaporeOpen consultation: draft technical specifications for SRD

    On 18th of May, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore published the draft technical specifications for Short Range Devices to be commented by the public.

    Comments can be submitted via e-mail to Telecoms_Standards@imda.gov.sg until 1st of June 2021 with the subject „Public comments for TS SRD“ as PDF or Word soft copy.

    Source: Official link


  • Palestine (Gaza)Delays caused by political instability

    Delays can be expected in Palestine (Gaza) due to the politically unstable situation and ongoing conflicts.

    Source: internal research


  • IndonesiaSDPPI allowed the introduction of 5G

    Starting from May, 3rd 2021, the authority Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika (SDPPI) allowed the introduction of 5G in Indonesia according to regulation „Nomor 5 Tahun 2021 Tentang standar teknis perangkat berbasis teknologi“.

    Only the bands 1,3, 5,8 and 40 can be approved. The certificates issued will have a validity of 3 years.

    Source: Official Regulation (Bahasa only)


  • BrazilANATEL published official letter n°65/2021

    ANATEL will accept Renewal applications for certificates with expiry date between 6 MAR 2020 and 31 DEC 2021 without re-testing and without presenting photos of the current device, as long as the product was not technically modified

    Due to the situation with COVID-19 the renewal is possible with less hurdles.

    Official letter can be downloaded here


  • Costa RicaUpdate of Allocation Plan

    On 30-04-2021 Costa Rica published a new Frequency Allocation Plan with significant changes in the output power restrictions for 77 GHz radars.

    In the past the permitted EIRP output power limit was 30 dBm; the new EIRP limit is 55 dBm.

    Allocation Plan can be downloaded here


  • General DIN EN IEC 62368-1: 2021-05 VDE 0868-1: 2021-05 3rd edition

    Most of CENELEC countries have adopted the national version of EN IEC 62368-1:2020 + A11:2020. Among them Germany, with the DIN EN IEC 62368-1: 2021-05 VDE 0868-1: 2021-05 in the 3rd edition released on May 2021. Although the 2nd edition is currently still used as a harmonized standard for the CE declaration, you can now assess in advance whether there might be a need for action for your product.

    If the adoption of the new standard of electrical safety as a harmonized standard is foreseeable, we will inform you at the usual point.


  • ZambiaNew type approval guidelines

    On 9th of April 2021 the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) published new type approval guidelines including reference standards for conformity for following devices:

    1. short range devices

    2. mobile devices

    3 satellite connections

    4 broadcasting equipment

    The official document can be downloaded here


  • ArgentinaENACOM revised the regulation 4,653/2019

    The approval authority in Argentina, ENACOM, revised the requirements for low power devices operating in the frequency range
    915 - 928 MHz, 2,400 - 2,483.5 MHz and 5,725 - 5,850 MHz.
    According to the resolution 551/2021 those device must comply with the specifications set out in ENACOM-Q2-60.14 V20.1
    „Low Power Devices“.
    In case of renewals the test report used for the initial approval may still be applied during the renewal process as long as compliance with the new limits is still given.

    Source: Boletín Oficial


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  • United StatesFCC adopts waiver for 57 - 64 GHz radar applications in vehicles

    On April 14, 2021 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a waiver for Part 15.255 sections of the rules to allow several automotive radar sensor manufacturers to operate their devices in the frequency range from 57 to 64 GHz in passenger motor vehicles.
    The waiver is dedicated to the evaluation of the detection of children inadvertently left in hot weather and other related passenger safety functions.

    Source: official document can be downloaded here


  • BrazilANATEL Act 7280 replaces Act 2220 on June, 1st

    Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL) announced in November 2020 that Act 7280 replaces Act 2220 on June, 1st. 2021
    The main changes are as follows:
    1. An ISO 9001 certificate in English language will be required for all factory units
    2. For products like mobile phone chargers, power banks or xDSL modems the renewal cycle will be extended to 2 years
    3. ANATEL will accept test report from foreign test laboratories (ILAC accredited) for devices as OLT, data network equipment installed in corporative/industrial environment. The test report must not be older than 2 years. For more details, please refer to the the Act for products with notes 1,3,7 or 8
    4. Products not requiring any renewal, such as OLT, Data Network Equipment installed in corporative or industrial environment, Multiplexers, Coaxial cables, some types of optical cables now need to be renewed every 3 years
    5. Devices like Broadcasting equipment, central splitters and others now can be approved with a Declaration of Conformity and test report (please refer to note 8)

    Download: official ACT NO: 7280


  • VietnamScheduled radio standards

    The Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) is working on some new standards which are still in draft and will take effect in the near future. Please kindly find these new standards and expected effective date of each standard as below:

    1) National technical regulation on radio access equipment (Wi-Fi) in the 5 GHz band:
    QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT will take effect on July 01, 2022
    2) National technical regulation on radar equipment operating in the band 76 GHz to 77 GHz
    for ground transport: QCVN 124:2021/BTTTT, the effective date is not fixed yet.
    3) National technical regulation on short range radio equipment in the frequency band 40 GHz
    to 246 GHz: QCVN 123:2021/BTTTT, the effective date is not fixed yet.
    4) National technical regulation on 5G mobile communication base station equipment – Radio
    access section.: QCVN 128:2021/BTTTT will take effect on July 15, 2021
    5) National technical regulation on the quality of Internet access services on 5G terrestrial
    mobile networks.: QCVN 126:2021/BTTTT will take effect on August 15, 2021
    6) National technical regulation on 5G mobile communication terminal equipment – Radio
    access section.: QCVN 127:2021/BTTTT will take effect on August 15, 2021


    You can click here to see the content of each draft standard and also send the comment to MIC.


  • Saudi Arabia WiFi 6e network in Europe, Africa and Middle East region

    The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announced that it will be the first country in Europe, Africa and Middle East to make the full 6 GHz frequency band available for Wi-Fi use. That means there are now 150% more open airwaves that routers can use for the new generation of Wi-Fi network. By allocating 1,200 MHz of the radio spectrum for the WiFi6e,
    Saudi Arabia has now made 2,035 MHz of spectrum available for new generation of WiFi and other license-exempt technologies — more than any country in the world.

    Source: official link


  • CanadaIBL-Lab GmbH now recognized as a wireless testing lab by ISED

    As a result of the successful listing of IBL-Lab GmbH by the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED),
    we are now able to strongly assist our customers in obtaining the desired market access to the Canadian market. ISED Recognition Letter


  • South AfricaICASA releases Draft „Equipment Authorisation Regulations”

    The South African “Independent Communications Authority of South Africas” ICASA released on 31 March 2021 their new draft regulations on “Equipment Authorisation Regulations”. New is the conformity assessment approach based on 3 classification levels for low, medium and high risk equipment, where low risk equipment is exempted from equipment authorisation.

    Furthermore, a 2-step authorisation process is implemented, where first a certificate of conformity with limited validity must be obtained before a homologation certificate “Equipment Authorisation” can be issued by the authority.

    There is also an adjustment to the label requierments, where a minimum height of 3 mm is specified for the ICASA logo. Also the equipment class must be referenced. There are no provisions for exemptions.

    Comments can be submitted till 30 April electronically or by post or hand delivery to

    Mr Lumkile Qabaka
    Project Leader
    350 Witch-Hazel Avenue
    Eco Point Office Park, CENTURION
    Gauteng
    South-Africa

    Email: LQabaka@icasa.org.za

    Source: Link ICASA


  • Dominican RepublicPublic consultation by INDOTEL

    The Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL) has opened a public consultation on the general
    telecommunication law 153-98.

    The targets of the consultation are, to modify the law to increase its overall accessibility as well as adding the latest technologies to it.

    The consultation is open to all interested parties and will be opened until May 31st, 2021.

    Source:


  • MexicoIFT in Mexico opens public consultation for the 57–64 GHz band

    The Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) has opened a public consultation for the 57–64 GHz frequency band. Comments may be submitted to IFT until 20 April 2021 via mail to planeacion.espectro@ift.org.mx.

    Subject to this public consultation is the amendment of the technical conditions for motion sensors as well as the management of efficient use of the radioelectric spectrum in the 57–64 GHz band.

    Furthermore, IFT would like to increase the harmonization in the use of the radio electric spectrum for motion sensors in this band and encourage technological modernization in the country by granting access to the spectrum for testing and examination of new apparatus or technologies.

    By this public consultation, IFT would like to encourage competition for the 57–64 GHz band for further development.

    Source: http://www.ift.org.mx/industria/consultas-publicas/acuerdo-mediante-el-cual-el-pleno-del-ift-actualiza-el-acuerdo-mediante-el-cual-el-pleno-del


  • GeneralKL Certification GmbH officially recognized as RCB for Japan

    Within the framework of the existing mutual Recognition Agreement between the European Union and Japan established in 2001, KL-Certification GmbH has been listed as a Registered Certification Body (RCB).

    Due to the recognition as RCB by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan, the subsidiary of IB-Lenhardt AG is now able to conduct inspection of radio equipment under foreign statute to ensure that a specified radio equipment to be used in Japan complies with the technical standards of the Japanese Radio Law.

    This further completes IB-Lenhardt AG's ongoing endeavours to service global players with one-stop certification and type approval, right the first time.


  • ChinaMIIT China launch public consultation

    The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is seeking comments on new draft regulation "Interim Provisions on the Radio Management of Automotive Radars (Draft for Solicitation of Comments)".

    Main points of the draft: to reinstate type approval for radars in the range of 76-79 GHz and to stop approval of 24.25-26.65 GHz band vehicle radar equipment entirely from 1 January 2024.

    Feedback can be given (in Chinese language only) until 6 MAY 2021 at the Radio Administration of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, with reference to “Interim Provision on Radio Management of Automotive Radars (Draft for Comment)”.

    Please send your envelope to the following address: Radio Administration of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, No. 13 West Chang'an Street, Xicheng District, Beijing (Postal Code: 100804)

    Direct link to source (Chinese)

    Direct link to draft regulations (Chinese):


  • GeneralKL Certification GmbH recognized as TCB for the USA

    KL-Certification GmbH may now officially act as a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) by the Federal Communications Commission.
    As a subsidiary of IB-Lenhardt AG, KL-Certification GmbH is authorized as a private third party to issue grants for certification of equipment subject to the Commission’s certification procedures.
    The TCB can evaluate devices in accordance with the FCC rules and regulations and issue the appropriate grant of authorization.


  • VietnamNew Radio Standards in Vietnam

    The Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) has officially issued several new standards.

    These new standards take effect from July 01, 2021. From that date, the local importer has to use the local test report, type approval certificate under the new standards for the importation process.

    Below are the new standards for your reference.

    - QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT (local RF standard for Wifi 2.4GHz) - equivalent to ETSI EN 300 328 v2.2.2
    - QCVN 63:2020/BTTTT (local standard for DVB-T2 function)
    - QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT (local RF standard for SRD 1-40GHz) - equivalent to ETSI EN 300 440 V2.2.1

    - QCVN 101:2020/BTTTT (local safety standard for lithium battery) - equivalent to IEC 62133:2017

    - QCVN 117:2020/BTTTT (local RF standard for 2G, 3G, 4G functions)
    - QCVN 122:2020/BTTTT (local RF standard for LPWAN 920-923MHz) - equivalent to ETSI EN 300 220-1 V3.1.1

    Source: Link to MIC Homepage


  • ChinaNew SRRC draft regulation for 2.4GHz, 5.1/5.8 GHz bands

    On 1st January 2022 a new regulation is planned to come into force

    The new regulation includes the addition of technical requirements for nuisance avoidance and several changes related to testing limits for Bluetooth and WLAN 2.4 and 5 GHz devices.

    Already certified devices or devices that will be certified before 1st Jan 2022 need to be conform to the new regulations at the time of the certificate renewal.

    The draft regulation can be found here (Chinese version)


  • QatarProposed Wi-Fi 6 Update

    The Communications Regulatory Authority, CRA, in Qatar started a public consultation on the opening of additional frequency spectrum for short range devices in the 5925 - 7125 MHz band.

    The consultation is open until April 8th, 2021 and any interested party is invited to reply by sending a
    message to: type.approval@cra.gov.qa

    Official link


  • Saint Kitts and NevisElectronic Communications (EC) Act passed in St. Kitts and Nevis

    The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is the first ECTEL member state to implement the Electronic Communications Act (EC Act). The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) was established by the Governments of the five Eastern Caribbean States- Grenada, Commonwealth of Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 04 May, 2000 .

    The EC act was passed by the National assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis on February, 18th and will come into force after it was published in the Official Gazette.

    The main objective of this Act is to regulate an electronic communications service and an electronic communications network among ECTEL member states.

    Source: Website ECTEL


  • GeneralIBL-Lab signed Unilateral Recognition Agreement with SII

    IB-Lenhardt is happy to announce that its affiliate company IBL-Lab GmbH can now offer better support to import radio products to Israel. Based on its DAkkS (member of ILAC, signatory of ILAC MRA) accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025 requirements IBL-Lab has signed an Unilateral Recognition Agreement with SII, The Standards Institution of Israel, making the import process of radio products accessible, high quality and easier.


  • IsraelAdvance Notice: new list of exempted products

    The Ministry of Communication (MoC) released a new list of products which are exempted from type approval in order to encourage competition in the market of wireless products.

    This concerns in particular the following equipment:

    1. BT devices operating in 2,400 - 2,483.5 MHz upon IEEE 802.15.1 with an integral antenna up to 100 mW e.i.r.p
      ANT/ANT+ equipment with 2,400 - 2,483.5 MHz and an integral antenna up to 100 mW e.i.r.p
    2. Devices intended for the reception of satellite transmissions for position determination using a determination system Global location only (such as GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO or BEIDOU)
    3. A parabolic antenna with a diameter not exceeding 244 cm including side equipment, intended for the reception of satellite broadcasts
    4. Devices operating in the field of infrared frequencies between 1,000 GHz and 3,000 GHz with a transmission not exceeding 200 mW
    5. Computer peripherals like a mouse or a keyboard
    6. Computer monitors
    7. Video Streamers (compliant with the provisions of the European Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU and labelled with CE marking)
    8. E-book readers (without cellular functions)
    9. Tablets (without cellular functions)
    10. Laptops (without cellular functions)
    11. Desktop computers (without cellular functions)
    12. Converters for the reception of television broadcasts to the public and TV receiver set-top boxes (devices need to be in accordance with the European Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU and bear the CE marking)
    13. TV sets
    14. A radio receiver for the reception of public broadcasts using FM / DAB / AM technologies
    15. Spare parts for mobile phones
    16. A wristwatch, other than cellular wristwatches
    17. Vacuum cleaners
    18. Portable battery-operated metal detectors

    According to our current knowledge MoC plans to introduce the regulation in April 2021, we will keep you informed.

    Source: local partner and Official Link


  • MoldovaAdditional notes to new regulation TR34/2019

    Due to the update in Moldavian regulations, the Moldavian recognised certification body will review and update all valid certificates, in case any need for further documents during this process the CB might contact the certificate holder directly.

    The certificate holder is free to issue a DoC according to module A of the TR 34/2019, in this case the validity of the CoC will be cancelled.

    Source: Internal source by IBLAG, communication with CB


  • Saudi ArabiaCITC launched their public online consultation

    The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has launched a public consultation on the modernization of technical specifications for communication and information technology devices and equipment to accommodate the latest technological developments and enable the provisioning of state of the art communication and information technology services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These specifications define how all communication and information technology devices and equipment manufactured or imported to the Kingdom are used, with conformance to them being mandatory for all parties manufacturing, importing or selling these devices and equipment in the Kingdom.

    The primary objectives of this update are to improve the quality of services using these devices and equipment and enable the provisioning of state of the art communication and information technology services in the Kingdom to satisfy the Kingdom's digital needs as per CITC's strategy to transform into a digital regulator.

    Views are welcome from local and international telecom and technology providers, industrial stakeholders, public entities and members of the public as well as consumers of telecom and digital services. The submissions from interested parties are open till the 3rd of April, 2021. Interested parties are requested to answer the questions listed in the “Consultation Questions" section.

    https://www.citc.gov.sa/en/new/publicConsultation/Pages/144202.aspx


  • GeneralIBLAG now effectively able to perform direct applications at MIC

    With our local branch, IB-Lenhardt K.K in Tokyo, we are happy to announce, that IB-Lenhardt AG is now able to locally perform direct certificate applications with the Authority MIC in Tokyo.
    IB-Lenhardt AG can now offer fast and performant 13,56 MHz device certification from one source.
    If you need effective and fast 13,56 MHz certification testing and service for 13,56 MHz devices in Japan contact us today!

  • ChinaPublic solicitation for comments on wireless charging.

    The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) calls for public comments on "Interim Provisions on Radio Management of Wireless Charging (Power Transmission) Equipment (Draft for Solicitation of Comments)".

    The draft concerns the following equipment types:

    1. Mobile and portable wireless charging equipment using 100-148.5 kHz, 6765-6795 kHz, 13553-13567 kHz
    2. Wireless charging equipment for vehicles (including motorcycles) with operating frequencies 19-21 kHz, 79-90 kHz

    The consultation is open for comments till 20 March 2021.

    Comments can be provided in Chinese to:

    Contact: Radio Administration of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

    Contact number: 010-68206220 (fax)

    Email: xhhz@miit.gov.cn

    Link to the draft regulation

    Source (Chinese)


  • EU (RE-D)Transition period for ETSI EN 300 328 V2.2.2 specification

    With reference to the official Journal of the European Union from 6 February 2020, we would like to remind you that the transition period of the harmonised standard EN 300 328 V2.2.2 expires on 6 August 2021. EN 300 328 regulates the specifications for data transmission equipment operating in the 2.4 GHz band.

    V.2.1.1, the latest version of EN 300 328, is going to expire on 6 August, 2021.

    After the end of the transition period, devices introduced onto the market, as well as those which have been tested according to V2.2.1 must be compliant with the new requirements of V2.2.2.

    The most important change from the newly published EN 300 328 V2.2.2 to V2.1.1 is the revision of rules and measurement for receiver blocking, so re-tests will become mandatory for all devices.

    Source: Official Journal of the European Union


  • MexicoIFT issues the new regulation 291013-DOF

    On 25 February 2021, the new regulation 291013-DOF-Diario Oficial de la Federación published by the Mexican Authority Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) comes into force.

    291013-DOF-Diario Oficial de la Federación is only addressed to approvals which were pursued by local testing.

    To show compliance, the devices have to be re-tested and re-approved with the real importer acting as certificate holder. Certificates will have an unlimited validity but may be called for market surveillance.

    The regulation applies to devices subject to the following standards:

    • NOM-196-SCFI-2016 (IFT-004-2014)
    • NOM-208-SCFI-2016 (IFT-008-2015)
    • NOM-218-SCFI-2017 (IFT-005-2016)
    • NOM-221/2-SCFI-2018 (IFT-011-2017)

    Source: official link


  • QatarCRA launches Public Consultation on Class License for SRD

    To cope with recent technology developments, Communications Regulatory Authority wish to update the Version 3 of Class License for Short Range Devices

    The current developments in technology require a revision of the current Version No. 3 of Class License for Short Range Devices. This document specifies the harmonized standards to be used for SRDs. The new Version No. 4 is intended to cover additional applications of radio-communication devices.

    The document can be seen here.

    All interest groups are kindly invited to address their comments and opinion to CRA by email until latest 11 March 2021.


  • Algeria77 GHz band opened now

    On 2020-01-20, the Algerian Republic published the JOURNAL OFFICIEL DE LA REPUBLIQUE ALGERIENNE N°05

    New list of Characteristics of short-range devices used in the establishment of private internal radio networks have been published.

    The maximum allowed Output Power / maximum magnetic field level has been defined for several frequency bands from 9 KHz – 246 GHz considering different applications like inductive, RFID, medical, general ISM applications and Radars.

    Now the 77 GHz Band with limitation of 1W maximum output power is possible.

    Dowloadlink "Journal Officiel"


  • AzerbaijanEMC Certification Body accredited by AZAK

    According to Resolution No 175 of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated August 21, 1998, all types of telecommunications equipment and devices (both as a complete set and as a communication module) imported to the territory of the Republic, sold for sale and operation, must be certified in accordance with the requirements of the interconnected telecommunications network. It is the manufacturer’s duty to ensure that the technical level and quality indicators of products, as well as electromagnetic compatibility, meet the standards throughout the country.

    In accordance with the amendment No. 608-VQD dated April 14, 2017 made to the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan , certificates of conformity are issued by accredited bodies. Since there was no EMC compliance assessment body before December 2020, EMC standards were also reflected in AZS certificates by AZS certification bodies. However, on 02 December 2020, a certification body was empowered by the Azerbaijan Accreditation center (AZAK) to conduct certification for compliance with EMC standards and reflect the relevant EMC standards in these certificates.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your designated IB-Lenhardt AG contact.

    Official link to Resolution No 175: http://e-qanun.gov.az/framework/3410

    Official link to Amendment No. 608-VQD: http://e-qanun.gov.az/framework/35761


  • GeneralIBL-Lab GmbH accreditation: FCC Recognition

    This part concludes our series about our test laboratory’s FCC (U.S. Federal Communications Commission) acccreditation (see FCC Accredited Labs - FCC Testing Laboratories (fcclabs.org)).

    We are happy to announce that in January 2021, the accreditation was finalized by the FCC-recognized accreditation body in Germany, BNetzA (Bundesnetzagentur) under FCC Registration Number 560171.

    Tests in our FCC-accredited lab include conformity measurements according to regulatory requirements in the U.S. as summarized in IBL-Lab’s DAkkS certificate annex D-PL-21375-01-03e (dakks.de, PDF): Electromagnetic Compatibility and Telecommunication.

    Together with the recent recognition by the FCC, the laboratories of IBL-Lab GmbH have a comprehensive portfolio of testing services with accredited test and laboratory facilities. These services, together with the certification services of KL-Certification GmbH, support the worldwide approvals of radio products initiated by IB-Lenhardt AG on behalf of their customers.

    Use the transparent overview of your projects online with our unique Type Approval Management System TAMSys®, developed 100% in-house. Benefit from the noticeable acceleration of the international market access of your products through the time and content-coordinated service package of the IB-Lenhardt Group—now including accredited testing, type approval and certification services.


  • CanadaISED Supplementary Procedure to Radio Standards Specification

    The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada opens a public consultation on the newly drafted RSS-102 SPR-004 “Time-Averaged Specific Absorption Rate (TAS) Assessment Procedures for Wireless Devices Operating in the 4 MHz – 6 GHz Frequency Band”. The SPR, supplementary procedure to radio standards, defines the general test methods for the RF Exposure compliance assessment for wireless devices operating in the frequency range 4 MHz to 6 GHz based on time averaging methods.

    The consultation is open until February 23rd, 2021 using the link as below.

    Downloadlink


  • GeneralIBL-Lab GmbH accreditation: Electromagnetic Compatibility

    Today, we would like to provide you an insight into the establishment and work of our accredited EMC laboratory.

    Thanks to the high level of technical competence and organizational skills of its employees and all those involved, IBL-Lab GmbH was able to build up the EMC area at a remarkable pace, and completed this with the successful DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 DAkkS accreditation in December 2020.

    "Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)" refers to the capability of a technical device not to disturb other devices (with unintentional electric or electromagnetic effects) as well as not being disturbed by other devices.

    The demands on the electromagnetic compatibility of devices and systems with integrated radio technology is regulated by law in the EU and many other countries and – depending on country and purpose – confined by different limits for interference immunity or for the emitted interference of the device or system.

    Tests in the accredited EMC Laboratory of IBL-Lab GmbH include (among others) conformity measurements according to the following regulatory requirements:

    • EMC Directive (EMCD 2014/30/EU)
    • FCC Tests for the USA according to Part 15 and Part 18
    • Tests for Canada according to ISED Requirements

    Since January 2021, the FCC lists IBL-Lab GmbH as accredited test firm. We will get into more detail on this in our last part of this series soon.


  • GeneralIBL-Lab GmbH accreditation: Radio

    In the second part of our laboratory series, we would like to introduce you to the accredited radio laboratory of IBL-Lab GmbH, which was set up at our St. Ingbert site in the period from April to May 2020 and now supports the type approval projects of IB-Lenhardt AG and the NB (Europe), TCB (USA), RCB (Japan), FCB (Canada) projects of KL-Certification GmbH after successful DAkkS accreditation in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 in December 2020.

    The increasing use of the radio spectrum by devices and systems with integrated radio technologies requires strict compliance with legal and normative requirements for radio products depending on the intended use.

    The proof of conformity of your product in our accredited laboratory provides you with the security to confirm the compliance of your product transparently and effectively to your customers.

    Of course, this also has a pioneering positive effect on international approvals.

    Thus, the tests of the accredited radio laboratory of IBL-Lab GmbH include conformity measurements according to the following regulatory requirements:

    • Radio Equipment Directive RED 2014/53/EU for countries of the European Union
    • FCC compliance testing for the USA
    • ISED compliance testing for Canada
    • Compliance testing for Japan according to Radio Law and Telecommuincation Business Law

    Next week we will give you an insight into the portfolio of our accredited EMC laboratory.


  • EgyptNTRA issued updated SRD Guidelines

    In December 2020, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) issued the Short-range Devices (SRD) Radio Spectrum Guidelines. The guidelines specify rules for the usage of SRD in Egypt while also defining the technical parameters.

    This document came into force immediately.

    Source: Radio Spectrum Guidelines


  • BhutanNew Rules and Regulation

    The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has recently published the revised Rules and Regulations (NRRR-2021) which came into effect on 1st January 2021.

    The National Radio Rules 2011 shall therefore be repealed by the above Rules and Regulations.

    BICMA has also released its National Radio Frequency Allocation Plan 2021 (NRFAP-2021)

    Downloadlink for NRRR-2021

    Downloadlink for NRFAP-2021


  • GeneralIBL-Lab GmbH accreditation: Electrical Safety

    We are pleased to announce that IBL-Lab GmbH, a subsidiary of IB-Lenhardt AG, after successful DAkkS accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018, can demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the EU and beyond for approvals in the USA, Canada and Japan, in all relevant areas:

    • Electrical Safety
    • Radio Equipment Directive RED 2014/53/EU for EU countries.
    • EMC Directive (EMCD 2014/30/EU) for EU countries
    • FCC tests for the USA
    • ISED tests for Canada (recognition as CAB Canada by DAkkS coming soon)
    • Examinations for Japan according to Radio Law and Telecommunication Business Law

    After the foundation of IBL-Lab GmbH in 2018, the first step was the DAkkS accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 in the field of safety in 2019, the starting signal for our own safety tests for our customers.

    Thanks to the new safety standards IEC 62368-1 and EN 62368-1, which move away from technology-focused catalogues to a hazard-based approach, it is now easier to equally assess varying products.

    For instance, hazards are categorized by type and “size“ of the according energy source:

    • electrical
    • mechanical
    • power
    • radiation
    • thermal

    In the next part of this series, we will take a closer look at our accredited radio laboratory. Stay tuned!

    https://www.dakks.de/as/ast/d/D-PL-21375-01-01.pdf


  • BrazilANATEL publishes new Act 77

    The Brazilian authority ANATEL published the new Act 77 on 5th January, 2021, which will come into force on 4th July, 2021. This act is applicable to all terminal devices with connection to internet and telecommunications network infrastructure equipment. From then on, the applicant will have to provide a declaration letter to the authority, which contains the following information:

    1. Indicating that the product was developed in compliance with the principle of security by design;
    2. relating to which requirements of this document the equipment and its supplier meet at that moment; and
    3. recognizing that they are aware that cybersecurity requirements are subject to updates, including regulatory and administrative ones, in line with technological development, with the emergence of new threats or vulnerabilities.

    Downloadlink Act n° 77 (English version)


  • MoldovaNew marking regulation

    According to the new regulation TR34/2019, which will come into force on February 22nd, 2021, the application of both CE and SM mark on the same product is not permitted anymore.

    The manufacturers can decide to apply either the SM mark or the CE mark only on their products. Please note that there is no transitional period specified in the regulation. The authority recommends that all manufacturers, who already have received Moldavian certificates, start to remove the SM mark if the radio equipment is already labelled with the CE mark.

    All products that are labelled with CE or SM mark should be accepted to be placed on the market of the Republic of Moldova
    (see page 3 of the Government Degree TR34/2019).


  • EU (other directives)Commission asks for public consultation over the EMC Directive

    The European Commission asks for a public consulation regarding the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive.
    The target of the consultation is to gain evidence and information for the following points:
    • identify possible difficulties during the implementation that may require regulatory or/and non-regulatory corrective measures
    • examine the adequacy of the Directive’s provisions in light of scientific and technological progress
    The Questionnaire is available in multiple languages and can be submitted until 29th January 2021.


  • Sierra LeoneNATCOM publishes updated Type Approval Regulations

    The authority NATCOM published new Type Approval regulations in November 2020 after starting the reviewing process in 2019.

    Type approval is required for all electronic communication equipment. Type approval can be obtained with the typical technical documentation and test reports from accredited test labs.

    Also, the obligations and duties of importers and distributors are layed out.

    The full regulations can be found here: Downloadlink


  • RussiaFAC hands over activities to the new Ministry

    In November 2020, Decree No 719 was published by the Russian government with the intention to enhance governance in the field of digital development, communications and mass communications.

    All the activities which were carried out by the Federal Agency of Communications (FAC) now lie within the responsibility of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

    According to the announcement, there will be a 6-month transition period and the ongoing projects in progress by FAC will be switched to the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

    Currently, no delays have been announced.

    Source in Russian


  • Hong KongOCFA published a new Table of Frequency Allocations

    In January 2021, Hong Kong's Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) published a new Table of Frequency Allocations which replaces the version from April 2020.

    The plan complies with the Region 3 allocations under the Radio Regulations which are applicable to Hong Kong, the allocations which have been adopted by Hong Kong, as well as the band plans in use in Hong Kong.

    The detailed changes which emerge from this regulation can be found on the OFCA website:


  • United Arab EmiratesTRA UAE released new Regulation for UWB and SRD

    The Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority TRA in United Arab Emirates have released a new version for Ultra Wide Band and Short Range Devices regulation

    The TRA revised the regulation to current version 4.0. The regulation was released 21 December 2020 and is in force.

    The document defines the requirements for compliance, that UWB and SRD products need to fulfill.

    Within the regulation release, it shows the allowed frequencies together with information about usage of product, transmission power, duty cycle, channel spacing and the standard reference.

    Our clients are kindly invited to check whether their equipment (still) fulfills these requirements.

    Link to the regulation


  • ArgentinaTowards WiFi 6E in Argentina

    Argentina paves the way towards the allocation of the Wifi 6E band as a public consultation has been launched.
    Comments and proposals can still be submitted within this month.
    Approvals in the band 5925 – 6425 MHz are still not allowed but might be in the near future.
    Source: official link

  • TurkeyTurkey adopts the European Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU

    The regulatory authority BTK formally adopted the European Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) on 05.11.2020 which is replacing the R&TTE directive.

    For products placed on the market in Turkey, the CE DoC should be translated into Turkish as well as user instructions and safety informations.

    Manufacturersand importers should be prepared for market surveillance activities of the competent authorities.

    Source: official link


  • South AfricaICASA South Africa closed due to festive period

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) informed that only a reduced number of business processes will be available during the period from 17 to 31 December 2020.

    From 4 January 2021, all the ICASA offices will be fully working. The applications which are currently under technical evaluation will be continued in January 2021.

    Source: Local Partner


  • United StatesEarlier market access and import of radio devices possible

    On November, 19th 2020 the FCC established ET Docket No. 20-382 in order to modernize the FCC marketing and import rules. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking shall faciltate market access for new products. A limited number of radio devices may be imported and/or offered for sale for certain pre-sale activities prior to obtaining the appropriate certification. It is the intention of the Commission to keep track with nowadays accelerated development cycles and to establish cost-effective and properly tailored equipment authorization rules.

    Source official link


  • SyriaSY-TPRA requiring EN 62368-1 Safety Report

    SY-TPRA requesting EN 62368 Safety Report (instead of EN 60950) starting 20 December 2020

    The Syrian Telecommunications & Post Regulatory Authority will start to request Safety Test Reports according to EN 62368-1 from 20 December 2020 onwards, when Type Approval is requested.

    They will no longer accept EN 60950 reports. Previously approved devices are not affected by this requirement.

    Source: local partner


  • HondurasOpen consultation: Update of Frequency Allocation Plan

    On 23rd November, 2020 the National Telecommunications Commission of Honduras (CONATEL) issued the Draft Resolution “Update of the National Plan of Frequency Allocations (PNAF)” on it's website.

    Interested stakeholders are invited to contribute. Comments may be sent to the following email address: consulta.publica@conatel.gob.hn until 23rd December, 2020.

    Sources:

    Draft National Plan of Frequency Allocations (Spanish)

    Link to CONATEL's website


  • Sri LankaNew Type Approval Procedure comes into effect on 16/12/2020

    On 09th October the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) in Sri Lanka issued “Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Type Approval Rules 2020” in the official Gazette coming into force on 16th December 2020.

    • Accordingly, two type approval procedures were introduced:
      Standard Type Approval: a represantive sample of RTTE should be submitted accompied by a Technical Construction File (TCF)
      Simplified Type Approval is applicable for: RTTE that appears on the Commission’s Type Approval Register which was previously approved by the Commission at the time the original application was made. The applicants should ensure that the RTTE applied for is identical to the RTTE which was already approved.

    The type Approval for any particular RTTE shall be valid for a period of four (4) years, provided that the type Approved RTTE (supplied to the market) maintains the same technical specifications including the operating frequency.

    • Labelling requirements has become mandatory for approved equipments
    • TRC has also published a list of equipment exempt from type approval:
    1. A short range infrared remote control equipment (including TV remote controls or garage door openers)
    2. RTTE which is embedded in desktop computers and Laptops that use short-range radio technologies such as Wifi or Bluetooth
    3. transmitter equipment with an output power below 50 mW
    4. RTTE installed in vehicles such as car navigation units or remote car keys that use short range technologies such as WiFi or Bluetooth

    Download Link: Official Gazette


  • Canadapublic consultancy on the 6GHz license exempt frequency band

    Until January 19th 2021 the ISED opened a consultation on the technical and policy framework for license-exempt use in the 6 GHz frequency band. The opening of the 6 GHz band is considered as priority one and especially the prominent role of WiFi is emphasized. The ISED is proposing the establishment of new spectrum for license-exempt Radio LAN operation in the frequency band 5925 - 7125 MHz with a maximum output power of 36 dBm EIRP.

    Further details are included in the consultancy document which may be found here


  • United StatesFCC updated the 5.9 GHz Band to improve WIFI and Automotive Safe

    FCC designated the lower 45 MHz (5850 -5895 MHz) for unlicensed use whereas the upper 30 MHz (5895-5925 MHz) are intended for automobile safety in the Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology.

    On 18 Nov 2020 the Federal Communications Commission FCC have released an enhancing modernization of the 5.9 GHz band, to pave the way for the increasing demand for WIFI and other unlicensed services. This will support many consumers to have gigabit WIFI connectivity in the public as well as the private areas.
    This update of the 5.9 GHz Band will also improve the safety in automotive sector: the upper 30 MHz are intended for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for vehicular communications.

    For more Information you may visit the official FCC website.


  • New ZealandNew General User Radio License for Short Range Devices

    On 6 November 2020, a new General User Radio License for Short Range Devices (GURL for Short Range devices) came into force by being published in the official Gazette of New Zealand.

    In comparison to the 2019 version, the following amendments were made:
    - the use of the frequencies 0.1485 – 30 MHz for wireless power transfer systems and induction loop systems for the detection of foreign objections has been regulated
    - a new provision for the use of the frequency range 1785 – 1805 MHz for wireless microphone, in-ear monitor, or wireless audio transmitter devices
    - in order to implement WRC-19 Resolution 229: amendments to regulation of wireless LAN outdoor use of 5150 – 5350 MHz devices with a power level up to 0 dBW were made

    - the use of 13.553 – 13.567 MHz RFID transmitters has been regulated

    Source: Link to the official Gazette


  • Korea SouthRRA issues revision of Conformity Assessment Scheme

    The Korean Radio Research Agence (RRA) issued recently the new notice 2020-7, which updates some aspects regarding the conformity assessment.

    Notable changes:

    • explicit list of products requiring EMC approval instead of „similar devices“
    • IT equipment embedded in vehicles do not require a separate EMC approval
    • RF modules in approved host can be exchanged more easily
    • QR-Code Labeling becomes possible: Instead of standard label or e-label, a QR-code can now be used

    The full notification can be found here (Korean only)


  • BrazilPower Limits for Wifi equipment

    Following up on Act No. 4776 issued September 1st, 2020 the regulatory authority in Brazil, ANATEL, updated power limits for WiFi equipment, the updated values are identified under pragraph 11.2

    Here is an excerpt from the published document:

    11. BROADBAND WIRELESS ACCESS SYSTEM FOR LOCAL NETWORKS

    11.1 Wireless Broadband Access System for Local Area Networks operating in the 5.150-5.350 MHz and 5.470-5.725 MHz bands must meet the following conditions:

    11.1.1. Equipment operating in the 5.150-5.350 MHz band must be used indoors .

    11.1.1.1. For the purposes of this document, an indoor environment is considered to be one capable of producing attenuation by penetrating buildings in order to allow the emission levels of a transmitter to be degraded in different directions.

    11.2. Wireless Broadband Access System for Local Area Networks, operating in the 5.150–5.350 MHz band, must meet the following conditions:

    11.2.1. The average value of the conducted power is limited to the maximum value of 1 W in the range 5.150-5.250 MHz and to 250 mW in the range of 5.250-5.350 MHz, if the maximum gain of the antenna does not exceed 6 dBi.

    11.2.2. The average value of the EIRP spectral density is limited to a maximum of 50 mW / MHz.

    [...]

    11.5. Systems operating in accordance with sub-items 11.2 and 11.3, must have a transmission power control mechanism ( Transmit Power Control - TPC) that allows the selection of transmission power and ensures a mitigation factor of at least 3 dB.

    11.5.1. Exceptionally, the use of equipment without the TPC mechanism will be allowed. In this case, the average value of the EIRP power must be limited to the maximum allowed value, conducted or radiated, reduced by at least 3 dB for equipment operating in the 5.150-5.350 MHz and 5.470-5.725 MHz bands.

    [...]

    Source official link from authority (in Portuguese)


  • United KingdomOfcom consults on a new regulation for short range radar devices

    Today, the UK's communications regulator published proposals to amend the regulations concerning the use of short-range radar equipment for vehicular use. (For example: blind spot radars, collision radars and other driving assistance equipment)

    The mentioned amendments refer to the Wireless Telegraphy (Automotive Short-Range radar) Regulations 2013.

    These regulations indicate that certain SRRs in vehicles can be used in the 24 GHz band without the necessity of a spectrum license. They are proposing a minor amendment so the license exemptions continue to apply in the UK after the end of the transition period in the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the European Union on 31th December 2020.

    Responses to this consultation are welcome by 14th of December 2020

    Link to download the „Notice of proposals “


  • AustraliaAmendment to the Short Range Devices Standard

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) amends the Radiocommunications (Short Range Device) Standard 2014 (SRD Standard). This is intended to refer to the latest industry standard and enable the use of international test methods.

    With these amendments the reference to the Australian/New Zealand Industry Standard “AS/NZS 4268:2012 Radio equipment and systems – Short range devices – Limits and methods of measurement” will be brought up to date so that the minimum performance requirements and measurement methods for short-range devices (AS/NZS 4268) correspond to the last edition (2017). Besides, they permit the usage of international test method standards as alternatives to AS/NZS 4268.

    Source: Official Link


  • ArgentinaENACOM issues new testing protocols

    On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones ENACOM issued NO-2020-73167532-APN-SNYE#ENACOM. According to this note, the test protocols for Frequency hopping equipment and broadband systems will be amended, starting in December 1st, 2020.

    However, the sample requirements will not be affected by this note. With regards to Renewals, the original test reports will be accepted as long as they comply with the protocal limits, which were not changed.

    Source: Official note


  • United Arab EmiratesTRA now shows the approved devices on the website

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in UAE revealed the launch of a website to display all the telecommunications devices which were approved. The mentioned website can be publicly accessed. Considering this page, manufacturers as well as consumers can make sure that the device they are looking for has been approved previously. The list contains more than 15k devices, for which reason the search works for the model or product name directly.

    The list ranges from mobile phones, computers, tablets, transmitters as well as other devices which are in use in the communications and information technology.

    Link to the list at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority website:

    https://www.tra.gov.ae/en/approved-equipment.aspx


  • Sri LankaNotice of temporary office closure

    The National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID_19 outbreak has communicated that a quarantine curfew has been imposed since 25th of October 2020 for different regions in Sri Lanka.

    For our business activities, it will have the following impact:

    - TRCSL (Telecommunications Regulatory Commision of Sri Lanka) issues only temporary, digital type approval certificates until further notice

    - TRCSL do not accept samples due to the fact that all employees are working from home

    - Extended lead time for type approval procedures

    A precise period for theses measures has not been announced.

    We will keep you posted if any changes occur in the current situation

    Source: IBLAG local partner and TRCSL


  • ParaguayCOVID-19 cases at CONATEL

    Delays in the Type Approval certifications are expected as there are several employees at CONATEL Paraguay tested positive and many employees are currently in quarantine.
    At this moment no certificates can be signed.

    Source: IBLAG Local Partner


  • GeneralTCRL – extended date for TCRL 2019-1 ended on October 15, 2020

    The Active Date for Test Case Reference List (TCRL 2019-2) has been extended to October 15, 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation. This date is over now and Members are not allowed to continue using TCRL 2019-1 from October 15, 2020. This will mean that new introduced test cases are now mandatory for qualification and cannot be waived by referencing the old TCRL version (TCRL 2019-1).


  • CanadaISED published ICES-003 Issue7

    The newest edition of the Information and Technology Equipment standard ICES-003 was released by the ISED on October 15th 2020.
    Newly added to the Issue 7 of the standard were the requirements for devices with wireless power transfer functionality and the removal of alternative limits. Issue 7 is including only one set of limits now.
    Inquiries regarding this release may be addressed directly to ISED using the general inquiry form (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ceb-bhst.nsf/frm-eng/EABV-9X4GEH) or via email to ic.consultationradiostandards-consultationnormesradio.ic@canada.ca

  • IndiaPublication of Devices subject to BIS approval

    Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) released a list of products that are subject for BIS

    The MEITY in India decided on 1 OCT 2020 that BIS approval is required for following products:
    Wireless microphone, Digital Camera, Video Camera, Webcam, Smart Speakers, Dimmers for LED products, Bluetooth Speakers.
    Starting 1 APR 2021, such devices will require BIS approval. You may check the official Gazette under the following link.

    Please get in touch with your IB-Lenhardt AG counterpart, should you require support in this matter.

    Link to official gazette


  • BrazilPublic consultation: Proposal for updating SAR

    On October 5th, Anatel (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações) published a public consultation proposal for the inclusion of test procedures for conformance assessment of products which incorporate Time-Period Averaging SAR (TAS) technology.

    The focus lies on the improvement of test procedures of SAR to conformity assessment at products to establish limit distance of measurement, tests with accessories and impacts on the measurement after battery change of the equipment under test.

    Products covered (HS or CCCN where applicable, otherwise national tariff heading. ICS numbers may be provided in addition, where applicable):

    HS 8517
    HS 8525
    HS 8527
    Teleocommunications in general (ICS 30.020)

    Final date for comments: 4th of November 2020

    Comments should be sent to the Brazilian TBT Enquiry Point (barreirastecnicas@inmetro.gov.br) and copied to leonardoc@anatel.gov.br and davison@anatel.gov.br.

    Official Link:


  • MexicoDirector of Homologations at IFETEL Mexico retires

    The director of homologations at the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFETEL) in Mexico, engineer Angel Aguilar López, has gone on pension. Due to the current reorganization at the authority there might be delays in issuing certificates. Please take longer lead times into account.

    It’s recommended to submit renewal applications earlier than usual.

    Source: Official Link


  • BrazilAuthority extends renewal process

    Due to the continuous measurements against COVID-19 effect, ANATEL issued official letter 585/2020 extending renewal waiver requirements of photos and test reports, this will cover certificates expiry period from 6th of March 2020 until 31st of December 2020

    Source: official document


  • GeneralDTG Testing and KL-Certification join forces

    Due to the Brexit, placing CE marked equipment on the market in the UK and EU will change from 1st January 2021.

    DTG Testing (UK) and KL-Certification (GER) have combined their expertise to provide a single service for placing products on both, the UK and EU markets after Brexit.

    To get more detailed information and contact data, follow the link below.

    Source & Link:


  • BotswanaBOCRA issues Type Approval without expiration

    The Botswana authority BOCRA issues from now on type approval without expiration date.

    Type Approval certificates which still have an expiry date should be updated 3 months in advance to an approval without expiration date.

    Note, that changes in equipment will still require a new type approval.

    Downloadlink official document


  • TaiwanDeregulation of wireless remote controls ≤ 1 mW

    On the occasion of their 924th meeting on 2020-08-26, the National Communications Commission (NCC) reviewed and approved the draft announcement “應經核准之電信管制射頻器材”.

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Act specifies that RF equipment may be freely circulated and used unless otherwise specified by law. In order to comply with the free circulation and use of Article 65 of the Telecommunications Regulation Act which took effect on July 1st, 2020, NCC considered to deregulate wireless remote controls with a maximum RF output power of less than 1 mW.

    However, NCC emphasizes that the deregulated equipment should still comply with the technical specifications of low-power radio frequency equipment.

    Source: Link to the official website (Traditional Chinese)


  • ArgentinaENACOM published resolución 854/2020

    On August 12th, the Argentinian authority ENACOM published resolución 854/2020 with regard to the new label format RAMATEL. The mentioned label will be in use from August 12th in 2022.

    In accordance with this document, it turned out that the RAMATEL label draft is required for the submission of application documents starting 12th August 2022. Previously, either CNC or RAMATEL label draft may be submitted, although the use of the RAMATEL logo is recommended.

    With respect to renewals they announced that the devices do not have to be labelled again, the currently implemented CNC label is sufficient.

    Please note that the renewal is possible 30 days before expiry at earliest and not later than one day before expiry. Those conditions only apply as long as the certificate holder remains the same.

    If this is not applicable, a new approval has to be requested.

    If needed, manufacturers may use the new label format of RAMATEL, but then the new label draft has to be submitted to ENACOM.

    Link to the official RAMATEL logo: https://www.enacom.gob.ar/identificacion-reglamentaria_p3420


  • TaiwanLow-power Radio-frequency Devices Technical Regulations updated

    In July, 1st 2020, The National Communications Commission NCC issued the document 低功率射頻器材技術規範 Low-power Radio-frequency Devices Technical Regulations updating the technical regulations from January, 2018. There were no noteable changes on the testing part.

    According to LP0002 §3.8.2 a new warning statement became mandatory for new applications from July, 1st onwards.

    Lately, the English version has also been published on NCC's official website.

    Source:

    English version

    Traditional Chinese version


  • IsraelPrior Notice - Closing Day

    The coming holiday season will affect the efficiency of the local MoC, SII & MoE activities from 18th of September 2020 until 12th of October 2020.

    There will be a full shut down on September, 28th and from October, 1st until October, 12th.

    Type approval certification dalays might occur during this period.


  • JordanIBLAG strategically aligns BM with UN sustainable goals

    IB-Lenhardt AG is strategically aligning its Business model with the UN sustainable goals for 2030

    TRC Jordan signed a cooperation agreement with the IB-LENHARDT AG, on the Jordanian side, the agreement was signed by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Dr. Eng. Ghazi Jabour, and on the German side, the IB-Lenhardt AG CEO Mr. Daniel Lenhardt, from the Saarland Staatkanzlei Mr. Arno Kurtenaker attended the virtual signature ceremony on 9/1/2020, in the presence of the concerned parties from both sides.

    The agreement provides TRC access and use of (TAMSys E-Gov) that will automate all TRC type approval procedures and certification.

    IB-Lenhardt AG has proven record of experience in the type approval and homologation industry and has participated in many international ITU events and conferences. Thanks to its professional team IB-Lenhardt AG earned the legitimacy to be selected by the TRC for this strategic sustainable oriented project.

    IB-Lenhardt AG during its many years of experience has developed its own software TAMSys which is currently used worldwide by many TIER1 Suppliers and OEMs. Recently, the new product TAMSys E-Gov is available for authorities to use, which will allow authorities to benefit from IB-Lenhardt AG's experience in the field on a multi-dimensional level that covers and limited to regulatory revision, update and compatibility with other international standards of the G8 and G5 countries, it also help the authorities to be updated with current development initiatives in the technologies that is led by the private sector. Our know how, networking and international presence and involvement allows us to predict the next technological trend goals and requirements, for this many authorities worldwide consult our company regarding new technologies, procedures and changes in the processes.

    IB-Lenhardt AG's strategical shift toward a Business Model that fits with UN sustainable goals for 2030 is demonstrated by this valuable and important agreement with TRC Jordan, this will allow the authority to increase its efficiency, transparency and it will be of high benefit to maintain stakeholders' health and safety, as this online solution will help to improve the social distancing without affecting the process workflow. It is a proven tool to support maintaining economical activities running during pandemic times, our company has proven that the business can grow even with COVID-19 hard times.

    Next step will be to work very closely with TRC Jordan in order to tailor the current system in accordance to their needs.

    Thanks to TRC Jordan for this pilot initiative to work hand in hand with the private sector to offer equally better service to the community.
    Below link is to the official news on the agreement from TRC:


  • BrazilExtension of frequency range for 77 GHz radar in Brazil

    On September 1st, 2020 the regulatory authority in Brazil, ANATEL, issued the Act No. 4776 which beside other changes extends the available frequency range for radar applications in a vehicle to 76 - 81 GHz.
    The average power limits of 50 dBm EIRP and peak 55 dBm EIRP apply.
    The formerly applied limits for not in motion were deleted.

    Source: https://www.anatel.gov.br/legislacao/atos-de-certificacao-de-produtos/2020/1467-ato-4776


  • United KingdomPutting products on the market in UK after Brexit

    The Brexit is finally there and the impact on any manufacturer intending to sell products on the UK markets is starting to cast its shadows ahead.

    Starting with January, 1st 2021 new rules apply for the conformity assessment of radio products placed on the market in England, Wales and Scotland. Any product covered by legislation requiring the UKCA mark, requiring a mandatory third-party assessment or conformity assessment being carried out by a UK Notified Body in the past will need to use the new UKCA mark. Fortunately, products already in stock are exempted from this regulations and may be sold showing the CE mark only.

    The technical examination certificate issued in the past by a UK Notified Body will cease its validity by January 1st 2021. This not only affects the conformity of your products with the regulations in the UK but also with the Radio Equipment Directive. All of those “old” TEC’s must be transferred to a conformity assessment body recognized by the UK government AND to a Notified Body located in the European Union.

    An authorized representative located within the European Union will no longer be recognized by Great Britain after January 1st 2021 as well and you will have to choose an authorized representative or responsible person in the UK. The product marking must show the company details, including name and contact address, for this responsible as well.

    And finally, the declaration of conformity must be changed to declare conformance to the UK technical standards once those are implemented.

    IB-Lenhardt AG is fully supporting you during and after this transition phase with all necessary services to ensure the ongoing conformance of your products with the applicable rules. With our strong network of cooperation partners we will support the transfer of your Technical Examination Certificates to either an assessment body in the UK, a Notified Body in the EU or both.

    Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-market-in-great-britain-from-1-january-2021


  • AustraliaOpen consultation- update of the Frequency Spectrum Plan

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority ACMA typically updates the Spectrum Plan following each World Radiocommunication Conference. In order to reflect changes to international regulations made at the WRC 2019, ACMA issued Consultation 27/2020 with regard to the update of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan on August, 26th.

    The new frequency spectrum plan shall come into force on 1 January 2021.

    Interested stakeholders are welcome to comment on the issues raised in this consultation, or any other issues relevant to the update of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan. In particular, the ACMA seeks comment on whether changes need to be made to particular Australian footnotes. Submissions can either be made online or sent by post before ​​​COB, Tuesday 29 September 2020. Consultation enquiries can be emailed to freqplan@acma.gov.au.

    Source: Official Website ACMA


  • KazakhstanReviewing regulations

    Kazakhstan are reviewing their current type approval regulations, last month the authority decided that there is no need for the national CoC and only EAC is sufficient to proof the product compliance, this week the authority decided to review its last decision.

    All type approval processes in Kazakhstan are now on Hold until a new regulation will be officially announced.


  • VietnamFrequency band for 5G technology

    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has just allocated the frequency band for 5G technology.

    According to Circular 19/2020/TT-BTTTT, which will take effect from October 6, 2020, the allowed frequency band for 5G technology in Vietnam will be
    24.25-27.5 GHz.

    Source Official Circular


  • ArgentinaSubstantial changes on the labeling requirements

    On August 12th 2020 ENACOM has officially released Resolution No. 854/2020 to introduce substantial changes on the labeling requirements of former Resolution CNC No. 82/2015.
    These modifications have been essentially brought in to reflect the current agency's approval name RAMATEL and to provide additional clarifications to labeling exceptions.
    This new labeling regulation has already become effective since its official date of publication on August 12th, 2020, and ENACOM has granted a period of 2 (two) years for its implementation on all approved and new registrations.

    Official document in Spanish and document for marking requirements


  • United Arab Emirates Consultation on TRA Regulations for UWB and SRD

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) published a public consultation concerning the regulations for Ultra-Wide Band and Short Range Devices in accordance with the Telecom Law. The consultation will be open from 13 August 2020 until 17 September 2020.

    Due to recent updates from ETSI and ITU-R recommendations, there is an obligation to amend relevant parts of these regulations to enhance the certainty on the frequencies and associated attributes under which they can operate.

    Contributors who wish to respond to this consultation can check the following link:

    https://www.tra.gov.ae/en/eparticipation/consultations/details.aspx?id=1630.

    Given responses should clearly be assignable to the specific question asked in the consultation.

    General comments must clearly be indicated as such.

    Furthermore, respondents are advised that full responses and citations (as a whole or in part) may be published. Please make sure to clearly mark any information which is considered to be of a confidential nature.


  • ArgentinaThe ENACOM released certificate extending resolution 771/2020

    The Argentinian Authority ENACOM issued the resolution 771/2020.

    The resolution extends the validity of all certificates expiring between March 16th – September 17th 2020.

    The certificates affected automatically will expire on November 17th, 2020.

    Downloadlink resolution 771/2020 (pdf file spanish version)


  • MoroccoMorocco – Authority released new SRD Decision

    The Morrocan Authority ANRT recently released a new SRD Decision ANRT/DG/N°07/2020.

    The decision provides additional frequency bands for various use scenarios, e.g. for high power RFID, however other technical requirements stay the same.

    The document also provides a detailed overview and requirements for the use of SRD in Morocco.

    The full decsion can be found here: https://www.anrt.ma/sites/default/files/decision_a2fp-07-2020-vf.pdf


  • IndonesiaNew regulation Kepdir No. 124 Tahun 2020

    The Indonesian authority SDPPI published the new regulation Kepdir No. 124 Tahun 2020 which officially came into force on July 28th 2020. The regulation replaces the previous regulation Kepdirjen No. 36 Tahun 2020 and will be valid for 6 months.
    In the regulation, two different lists are included, one list for overseas labs recognized for HKT products (page 4-5 English version) and the second one for non HKT products (page 6-9 English version).
    The test reports of the listed laboratories can be used for a paperwork approval where no local RF and EMC testing are required.

    The official SDPPI document is available in Indonesian as well as in English


  • SerbiaSerbia published new Radio Frequency Allocation Plan

    The Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RATEL) issued a new frequency allocation plan.It was first published in the “Official Gazette of RS“, No. 89/20 of June 25, 2020 and came into force on July 3, 2020. The Radio Frequency Band Allocation Plan includes the allocation of frequency bands to specified radio communication services according to relevant international agreements and recommendations, in the interest of citizens, economy and national security.

    Source: https://www.ratel.rs/en/blog/new-radio-frequency-band-allocation-plan-goes-into-force

    Official document (Serbian only)


  • BrazilExtension of frequency allocation for mobile communication

    ANATEL recently launched a public consultation regarding the opening of the 3.3 to 3.7 GHz band for Personal Mobile Service in Brazil. Manufacturers and importers as well as any other stakeholder interested in this newly available frequency band are invited to send comments to the authority before 2020-08-31.

    The purpose of the act is the extension of the frequency allocation in this area from 3.6 GHz now to 3.7 GHz.

    The complete list of documents and submitted comments may be found at https://sei.anatel.gov.br/sei/modulos/pesquisa/md_pesq_processo_exibir.php?exIsiWoPbTSMJNP15y_TiUpWIfXjgqaCc-xbh3o0V5ttS0uQqIkRDNDdsrlbDPN0z9DjOh_HT6NYS_BYkN5mlMU-GYs_9lPkSQMneGTcqs7X9BODs77W-nOHRfUzTemf

    Comments should be sent to the Brazilian TBT Enquiry Point (barreirastecnicas@inmetro.gov.br) and copied to leonardoc@anatel.gov.br and davison@anatel.gov.br.

    Source: http://www.in.gov.br/en/web/dou/-/consulta-publica-n-50-de-3-de-junho-de-2020-261923839


  • United StatesAccess to the 70/80 and 90 GHz bands in the USA

    In their attempt to promote the 5G expansion the FCC initiated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 20-76A1, regarding the exploration of new uses in the frequency ranges 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz, 92-94 GHz and 94.1-95 GHz. The aim of the rule changes is the facilitation of the provision of wireless backhaul for 5G and the deployment of broadband services to aircraft and ships. The commission seeks to promote the expanded use of this millimeter-wave spectrum for several innovative services.

    Comments may be filed electronically through ECFS at http://apps.fcc.gov/ ecfs/

    Source: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-76A1.pdf


  • EgyptNTRA introduces further type approval schemes

    In March 2020 we already informed you about the introduction of 2 type approval schemes for applications in Egypt. Recently, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) introduced 2 additional certification schemes and further clarified the requirements for each scheme:

    The light scheme applies for ISO 17025 accredited manufacturers. Provided the manufacturer does not have an ISO 17025 accreditation, the factory location determines which approval scheme should be applied:

    Factory Location Approval Scheme
    Australia, Canada, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, USA, Western Europe Light scheme
    Any other country, which is not listed Intermediate scheme
    China and India Tight scheme
    Egypt Guided scheme

    Please note: While the light and intermediate scheme follow roughly the same procedure, an application following the guided scheme will require a factory inspection of NTRA.

    Sources:

    Light and intermediate scheme procedure

    Tight scheme procedure

    Guided scheme procedure (Arabic only)

    NTRA website


  • ParaguayNew Resolution permits the use of the 918 – 928 MHz

    The Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL) issued Resolución 1269/2020 permitting the use of 918-928 MHz frequency range for RFID; SRD and LPWAN equipment. Currently, it is still unclear when the resolution will come into force. We will keep you updated.

    Important: The technical parameters of such devices using this frequency band must be configured according to the limitations established in the Regulation:

    For RFID:

    ERP Power Antenna Beam Width
    ≤ 1 W No restrictions
    1 W ≤ 2 W ≤ 180 °
    2 W ≤ 4 W ≤ 90 °

    For SRD and LPWAN:

    Transmission Type ERP Power Harmonics
    Frequency hopping 2 W 20 dB below the highest-level point, in any 100 kHz bandwidth
    Digital modulation 2 W 20 dB below the highest-level point, in any 100 kHz bandwidth
    Other

    50 mV/m

    (-1.23 dBm)

    500 µV/m (-41.23 dBm)

    The maximum bandwidth should not exeed 500 kHz for RFID and 250 kHz for LPWAN. The number of channels is not limited as long as the channels stay within the allowed frequency range and the maximum bandwith is considered.

    Devices operating in this frequency range will require a label on the product or a statement in the user manual, as follows:

    “En Paraguay, este equipo deberá ser configurado para operar con las limitaciones establecidas en la norma Técnica NTC-RF-918:2020 de la CONATEL”.

    Source: Official resolution (Spanish only)


  • Congo Democratic RepublicNew validity period for type approval certificate

    As previously released as an advanced notice on 26th of September 2019, the new regulation regarding the validity period of type approval certificates has come into force.

    L’Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications du Congo (ARPTC) has recently published the decision 065/ARPTC/CLG/2019

    The approval of terminal equipment or radio installation is now granted for varying durations with equipment being classified into 6 categories

    1. Equipment connected to telecommunications networks and radio transmitters (Validity: 5 years)
    2. Landline and mobile phones. Low power equipment (Validity: 2 years)
    3. All other equipment different from the first two categories containing a radio module (Validity: 2 years)
    4. Receivers, reception decoders (Validity: 2 years)
    5. Antennas (Validity: 5 years)
    6. All other equipment not listed in categories 1-5 (Validity: 2 years)

    The renewal will be done under the same conditions.

    The new regulation also indicates marking rerquirements. The equipment must be labelled prior to marketing by the applicant, with an irremovable label including the following information:

    • Approval number and date

    • Identification of the model and batch or serial number

    • Manufacturer or supplier identification

    Source: original Décision 065/ARPTC/CLG/2019 in French


  • MalawiMACRA develops new Type Approval regulations

    The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority MACRA is developing new Type Approval regulations.

    According to the draft regulations all electronic communication products require type approval. Products which already have a recognized approval from ITU Region 1. e.g. have a CE DoC, can apply for a simplified scheme.

    We recommend for interested parties to check the draft regulations and especially the Schedule 2, which lists the recognized ETSI Standards.

    Comments can be provided via email to dg-macra@macra.org.mw till 31. July 2020.

    Source: E-Mail from authority - PDF can be donwload here


  • RwandaNew Type Approval Regulations

    The RURA (Rwanda Utilities Regulation Authority) published the Regulation N˚ 011/R/STD-ICT/RURA/020 of 29/05/2020.

    This new regulation regulates type approval procedures as well as importation and supply of electronic communication devices.
    It includes new sample requirements for all devices and re-clarified that local representatives are mandatory.

    The document was already released and implemented by the RURA but is yet to be published in the Rwanda gazette. As of today there is no official publication date available.

    Source offical document as PDF


  • FranceANFR informs about the extension of the specific absorption rate

    From July 1, 2020, all radio equipment devices emitting more than 20 mW which are intended to be used near the human body, are obligated to display SAR.

    Herewith included are phones, tablets, certain connected watches and wireless headsets.

    The measurement of SAR has been required before, but the display obligation previously only applied to mobile phone devices.

    The mentioned SAR values must be indicated in the accompanying documents whose market placement is later than July 1 as well as at points of sale, in the immediate vicinity of the device. The restraint also applies in the case of free disposal and in all advertising.

    As part their measures to control public exposure to electromagnetic waves, verifications will be carried out by the National Agency of Frequencies (ANFR) from July 2020 to ensure compliance with these new arrangement.

    Official Source: Agence Nationale des Fréquences


  • BrazilANATEL decided to extend the measures for renewal certifications

    With reference to the publication from March, ANATEL published a new letter Ofício nº 384/2020/ORCN/SOR-ANATEL which will be valid until 30th of September 2020

    According to this letter, the adjustments made in March will stay in force. Based on the IAF recommendation, ANATEL draw a conclusion that external as well as internal photos are not enforced and no renewal testing will be required for devices that did not undergo any change in its project/components compared to the previous renewal/certification.

    Official document can be downloaded here:


  • AustraliaProposal to open the 5.6 GHz band for general access

    As part of the outcomes of the Future approach to the 3.6 GHz band consultation process, ACMA identified several mitigation strategies for affected incumbent point-to-multipoint (PMP) licensees, including Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs).

    Reflecting the demand expressed for access to the 5.6 GHz band, ACMA is proposing a change to the current policy of preserving spectrum in the 5.6 GHz band for the migration of 3.6 GHz PMP licences. Instead, they will make the band available on a first-in-time basis to meet demand for deployment of new services (this is referred to as general access).

    If feedback to this consultation indicates support for the general access proposal, ACMA will: update RALI FX23 to remove section 3.2 bis determine an appropriate allocation process

    The authority is seeking feedback from interested stakeholders by 31 July 2020 on the proposed changes.

    Please contact freqplan@acma.gov.au with any enquiries

    Official link to consultation:


  • BrazilNew requirement for approval of and commercialisation of 5G

    The Brazilian authority Anatel published on 12/06/2020 the three Acts (Nr 3151, 3152 and 3153). The main improvement is the implementation of 5G testing requirements. According to the Anatel publication the same bands as for 3G/4G can be used from now on.

    Details can be found here: Act 3151, Act 3152, Act 3153 in English

    Link to the offical publication


  • India12 new categories added to Compulsory Registration

    India had notified the "Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012" to the WTO in document G/TBT/N/IND/44. In continuation of the said WTO notification, India would like to inform the Members that it has carried out amendments to the aforesaid Order via its Gazette notification S.O. No. 1236 (E) dated 01.04.2020 (see donwloadlink), thereby adding 12 electronic products in the existing list.

    The notification is available in the Public domain and can be accessed at Link


  • MexicoIFT closing days

    The Mexican authority Federal Telecommunicatons Institute (IFT) will be closed from July, 20th to 24th 2020 and from 27th to 31st 2020.

    This might cause slight delays in running type approval applications.

    Source: DIARIO OFICIAL (Spanish only)


  • ArgentinaNew Resulotion 461/2020 - Validity Type approval certificates

    On 21st of May 2020, Argentina's Authority Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) published resolution 461/2020, which is extending the expiration date of certificates, due to the current COVID-19 situation.

    All certificates which would expire between 16th of March and 30th of June 2020 are automatically extended until 30th of August 2020.

    This replaces ENACOM’s previous resolution, 326/2020.

    Link to Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina


  • VietnamNew Circular 11/2020/TT-BTTTT as from July 2020

    The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) has just published the Circular 11/2020/TT-BTTTT which replaces Circular 05/2019/TT-BTTTT. This new Circular will take effect from July 01, 2020.

    Please find some new changes of this new Circular as below:

    1. QCVN 86:2019/BTTTT will be the new RF EMC standard for 2G/3G/4G devices (replace QCVN 86:2015/BTTTT and QCVN 18:2014/BTTTT).
    2. 5G technology will be available in Vietnam soon. The applied standards for 5G technology is QCVN 47:2015/BTTTT and QCVN 18:2014/BTTTT.
    3. QCVN 119:2019/BTTTT will be applied for maritime navigation and radio communication equipment.
    4. Some short range devices (including wireless chargers; MICS, MITS devices; 60GHz devices; 24GHz radar devices not used for road traffic/railway traffic) are moved to Appendix 2 (list of products which is mandatory for SDoC only).
    5. Current certificates will keep the valid until the expiry date or until the effective date of the new standards which replace applied standards shown on the current certificates.

    Source: official document from authority


  • South AfricaNEW RADIO FREQUENCY SPECTRUM ASSIGNMENT PLAN

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) released on 22nd of May 2020 the “Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan” for the frequency band 2500 to 2690 MHz.

    The purpose of this RFSAP is to state the requirements for the utilization of the frequency band 2500 to 2690 MHz for IMT2600.

    The Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan provides information on the requirements attached to the use of a frequency band in line

    with the allocation and other information in the National Radio Frequency Plan.

    This information includes technical characteristics of radio systems, frequency channelling, coordination and details on required migration of existing users of the band and the expected method of assignment. 2.4 The Authority has opted for a TDD channel arrangement C3 from the Recommendation ITU-R M.1034-6 to increase the usable bandwidth of IMT2600 to 190 MHz.

    Moreover, the increased bandwidth will allow the prospective incumbents to realize the capabilities of IMT2020 systems which require the bandwidth ranges of 80 to 100 MHz.

    The ITU states that IMT systems are mobile systems that provide access to a wide range of telecommunication services including advanced mobile services, supported by mobile and fixed networks, which are increasingly packet-based. The ITU is the internationally recognized entity that has sole responsibility to define and to recommend the standards and frequency arrangements for IMT systems.

    Downloadlink FRSAP:

    https://www.icasa.org.za/legislation-and-regulations/radio-frequency-spectrum-assignment-plan-for-the-frequency-band-2500-to-2690-mhz-imt2600


  • United StatesRules for the unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band will be adopted

    To optimize the unlicensed access to the 6 GHz Band, the FCC published new rules in the Federal Register.

    The FCC is authorizing access points with standard-power supply, that are controlled by an automated frequency coordination system to the 6 GHz band.

    In addition the FCC will open the entire 6 GHz band for unlicensed indoor low power access points.

    The Rules will be active of July 27, 2020.

    Source:

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-26/pdf/2020-11236.pdf


  • Malaysia MCMC revised Technical Code for Short Range Devices

    On 6 May 2020, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) registered the 2nd revision of the Technical Code for Short Range Devices “MCMC MTSFB TC T007:2020”, which cancels and replaces the previous version MCMC MTSFB TC T007:2014.

    The main modification are as following:

    a) Update the frequency bands and maximum transmit power limits for generic and specific SRD applications to be aligned with the latest Class Assignment No. 2 of 2019;

    b) Inclusion of technical requirements for new SRD applications such as Ultra-Wideband (UWB), inductive device and automotive radar based on the latest Class Assignment No. 2 of 2019; and

    c) Inclusion of new technical requirements for electrical safety and EMC for devices that can be directly connected to the service provider’s network.

    Source: https://www.mcmc.gov.my/skmmgovmy/media/General/pdf/Short-Range-Devices-Specification.pdf


  • VietnamMIC has just issued the Circular 10/2020/TT-BTTT

    Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) has just issued the Circular 10/2020/TT-BTTTT which amends and supplements Circular 30/2011/TT-BTTTT and Circular 15/2018/TT-BTTTT.

    Circular 10/2020/TT-BTTTT will enter into force on July 01, 2020.

    All certificates which have been and will be issued before July 01, 2020 will remain valid until the indicated expiry date.

    The main changes which are part of the regulation are the following:

    - Besides Vietnam Telecommunication Authority (VNTA), there will be new certification centers which are designated by MIC

    - Certification method 7 (per-lot approval) has been added. This method mentions that the certification center will issue the type approval certificate for each imported shipment, so the certificate will be valid for one shipment only.

    The method will only be applied if the usual certification methods are not possible.

    - MIC allows to issue the certificate under the manufacturer‘s name, but if importers wish to use the certificates under the manufacturer name, they need to be authorized by the manufacturer

    - MIC accepts the SDoC under the name of manufacturer, but if importers wish to use the SDoC under the name of the manufacturer, the importer’s permission is required

    - Form of the type approval certificate has changed

    Source: Local partner and Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC)


  • MexicoIFT postpones the publication of NOM-001-SCFI-2018

    As published in April 2020, NYCE announced the issuance of the new regulation NOM-001-SCFI-2018 which should have been published on May 15. This regulation will cancel NOM-001-SCFI-1993.

    IFT has now announced a postponement of the regelation in their Diario Oficial de la Federación, so it will come into force on August 14.

    NOM-001-SCFI-1993 usually requires more than 30 accredited Certification Bodies. The current situation leads to a reduced capability which results in only 18% of the usual amount of CB.

    By postponing the announcement, Certification Bodies have a longer period to accredit themselves in order to adequately meet the requirements for local testing and certification services.

    Source:

    Link to the official Gazette


  • ChileSUBTEL withdraw Type Approval Requirements for SRD

    The Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones who initially announced the 2020 update of type approval requirements for SRD, have now revoked them until further notice due to Corona pandemic.

    Important to know, that module test reports can still be accepted and

    that SAR Reports are not required for the time being.

    Source: link to official document from authority


  • GeneralFinal Acts WRC-2019

    Final Acts now available to download

    IBL had the honor to participate at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 28 October to 22 November 2019.

    The final acts as a result of the lively debates can be downloaded here: https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/CM01-2020-WRC19-Final-Acts.aspx


  • CanadaTime-Averaged Specific Absorption Rate (TAS) Protocol

    The ISED in Canada as of April 20th, 2020 specified the certification requirements for the use of time-averaged specific absorption rate protocols to show compliance of radio devices with the RF Exposure requirements as defined in the applicable Canadian standard RSS-102. The Notice 2020 – DRS0007 allows the use of dynamic power level management to control the specific absorption rate of devices (SAR) over a specific time period and defines the specific requirements to be met before such an approach may be used. Those restrictions include but are not limited to a consultation with the ISED prior to seeking certification, a pre-approval of the time averaging protocol used and the time-averaging period and methodology.

    The issuance of the notice was necessary because of the lack of standardized test methods and protocols to cover this new evolvement in the development of transmitting devices.

    Please note that the necessary testing must be performed at a ISED recognized testing laboratory.

    Source: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ceb-bhst.nsf/eng/tt00132.html


  • SyriaCouncil of Commissioners Resolution 2020/3/14

    Regulation of Short-Range Devices approved by Council of Commissioniers Resolution 2020/3/14

    The use and operation of short-range devices within the permissible frequencies or bands and the levels of emission power are permitted as listed in the Article 4 (see source).

    For these devices type approval is required (application for a spectrum license).

    The kind of devices covers Non-Specific Short Range Devices, Inductive Applications, Active Medical implants and their associated peripherals, Wideband Data Transmission Systems (like Bluetooth, WLAN etc.). Transport and Traffic Telematics, Rediodetermination Applications and Radio Microphone applications.

    Source:


  • United StatesExpanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an update of their rules expanding the flexible use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz band in the federal register as of April 23rd, 2020. The reform of the given frequency band also known as C-band repacks the existing satellite operations into the upper 200 MHz of the band while providing a 20 MHz guard band and providing a 280 MHz of spectrum for flexible use throughout the contiguous United States. The commission will hold an auction later this year to enable a quick deployment of the spectrum for upcoming 5G devices.

    Effected by the rule changes are the sections 25, 27 and 101 of the CFR 47.

    Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-23/pdf/2020-05164.pdf


  • VietnamOpen consultation for 2,4 GHz frequency band

    Ministry of Information and Communications MIC - published the draft Circular "National technical regulation on radio transceiver using spectrum modulation technique on frequency band of 2.4 GHz" on 2020-04-13. The draft Circular introduces the new standard QCVN 54:2020/BTTTT (equivalent to ETSI EN 300 328 v2.2.2) for products using the 2.4 GHz band. From July, 1st 2021 on, this new standard will replace QCVN 54:2011/BTTTT, which is currently in force.

    Official text (Vietnamese only)

    Comments may be submitted here


  • BrazilANATEL Report Nº 55 - New Acts 2220 / 2221 / 2222

    ANATEL Resolution 715 will come in force on April 22nd 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation, ANATEL postponed the Public Consultation of the Operational Procedures

    ANATEL published three new Acts in order to keep the Res. 715 in force. This new act brought not much changes in comparison to Res. 242.

    The main changes are:

    Act 2220 (April 20th, 2020)

    Operational Procedure for Telecommunication Products' Conformity Assessment by Certification

    ·There is no more Product division by categories (I, II, III);

    ·Certification is now based on 3 models:

    - TYPE 1 scheme - Certification based on Type Testing. This model does not include the maintenance stage (like the rules used for Category III before);

    - TYPE 4 scheme - Certification based on Type Testing with Periodic Product Evaluation (periodic maintenance) according to the Telecommunications Products Reference List (like the rules used for Category II before);

    - TYPE 5 scheme - Certification based on Type Testing with Periodic Product Evaluation (periodic maintenance) and the Factory Management System (like the rules used for Category I before).

    ·The equipment's firmware or software identification and version should be included in the OCD RACT (Technical Compliance Assessment Report), if any of these items of the product’s design and operation interferes with the mandatory requirements for certification;

    ·In case of OCD transferring, the OCD responsible for the initial certification must make the documents available to the new OCD within 7 (seven) working days.

    Act 2221 (April 20th, 2020)

    Operational Procedure for Anatel Homologation Identification Marking in Telecommunications Products

    ·E-Label is acceptable (see the Act 2221 item 6 for more details);

    ·ANATEL symbol (logo) is now optional in the marking, so it is up to the manufacturer to use it or not. It is possible to use the simplified marking (ANATEL: HHHHH-AA-FFFFF) for all devices, not only for the small size like before;

    ·Devices where there is no enough space, if duly proved, and also where there is no other certification marking (such as FCC) can waive the marking in its label, being possible to include in the manual.

    ·The ANATEL marking on the product must be provided prior to use or making it available on the market. In the case of imported telecommunications products, the marking of the approval must be placed before the product enters in Brazil (in force after 6 months of the Act 2221 publication), except for the following cases:

    - Unfinished products subject to approval whose import is carried out by the Applicant to finalize the product in national territory;

    - Products that require the use of Security Seal (Mint Label), such as Mobile phones’ charger and batteries; and

    - Products for the importer's own use

    Act 2222 (April 20th, 2020)

    Telecommunication Products Reference List

    The Telecommunications Products Reference List classifies products into families, taking into consideration the similarity of the technical characteristics and the field of application of the products, and describes the modality and model of conformity assessment applicable to each type or family of products subjected to approval by Anatel, and there is no more product division by categories.

    This List remains with the same current products, that is, there have been no updates of Product Types. As Categories I, II and III that defined the Maintenance period were excluded, the Conformity Assessment Model was added to the last column of this list, informing the Periodic Evaluation of the Product.

    Source: local partner


  • VietnamNew standard for short range devices as from July 2021

    The Ministry of Information and Communications of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (MIC) has published the draft Circular which introduces QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT replacing QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT. This new standard is applied for SRD operating in the range of 1-40GHz, including radar 24GHz devices. The draft Circular is expected to take effect as from 1st July 2021

    MIC updates the local standard from QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT to QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT in order to keep up with the change of the world as the referred standards of QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT, ETSI EN 300 440-1 V1.5.1(2009) and ETSI EN 300 440-2 V1.3.1(2008) are outdated.

    If there are not any regulation changes, for all approved products which apply to QCVN 74:2013/BTTTT the certificates will need to be reissued when QCVN 74:2020/BTTTT takes effect.

    Downloadlink DRAFT Circular Indtroducing QCVN 74

    Downloadlink Draft QCVN 74


  • AustraliaAmendment to EME arrangements

    ACMA (Australian Communication and Media Authority) made the Amendment Standard 2020 (No. 1).

    The Amendment was made on the 9th of April 2020 and it updates the Radiocommunications Standard 2014 (Electromagnetic Radiation - Human Exposure)

    The target of this Amendment is to ensure that devices operating above 6 GHz are tested in accordance with latest measurement standards and are compliant with labelling requirements for Australia's electromagnetic standards.

    Official Source


  • United StatesFCC seeks comment regarding the regulation of RF Exposure rules

    On April 06, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a document in that they seek comment on several points regarding the regulation of RF Exposure rules. The points are:

    1. Expanding the range of frequencies for which its radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits apply.
    2. Applying localized exposure limits above 6 GHz in parallel to the localized exposure limits already established below 6 GHz.
    3. Specifying the conditions and methods for averaging the RF exposure, in both time and area, during evaluation for compliance with the RF exposure limits in the rules.
    4. Addressing new RF exposure issues raised by wireless power transfer (WPT) devices.
    5. The definition of a WPT device

    Link: official document


  • UkraineMinistry of Health issued Recommendations for Medical Devices

    On 2020-01-22, the Ministry of Health published the Order “On Approving Methodological Recommendations on the Application of the Technical Regulation on Medical Devices"

    Methodological recommendations about technical regulations on Medical Devices became effective in Ukraine. These recommendations were harmonized with the current MEDDEV guidance documents, clarifying technical regulations for various medical devices. These recommendations are not mandatory but should support companies in the medical sector to apply the technical regulations effectively.

    Source: https://moz.gov.ua/article/ministry-mandates/nakaz-moz-ukraini-vid-22012020--142-pro-zatverdzhennja-metodichnih-rekomendacij-iz-zastosuvannja-tehnichnogo-reglamentu-schodo-medichnih-virobiv-zatverdzhenogo-postanovoju-kabinetu-ministriv-ukraini


  • ArgentinaENACOM extends validity for certificates

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Argentinian authority ENACOM automatically extends the validity for expiring certificates between 16 March and 16 May for 60 days from their original expiry date.

    [...]
    ARTÍCULO 2°.-. Prorrógase, con carácter excepcional, la vigencia de los permisos, autorizaciones, registros, inscripciones y licencias cuyos vencimientos o plazo opere desde el 16 de marzo y hasta el 16 de mayo, correspondientes al año 2020, por el término de SESENTA (60) días corridos a contar del respectivo vencimiento.
    [...]

    This information has been recently published in the official gazette of Argentina.

    This extension of validity allows interested parties to still aquire their renewals in due time even with slower processing times.

    Note, that applications for renewals need to be made in due time, expired certificates cannot be renewed.

    Source: Boletin Oficial


  • VietnamMIC published a draft Circular to replace Circular 05/2019/TT-BT

    On 12th February 2020, the Ministry of Information and Communications MIC issued a draft Circular to replace the Circular 05/2019/TT-BTTTT – Regulations on products subject to Type Approval and SDoC from July 2019 which is currently in force. The circular is expeted to take effect on the 1st of July 2020.

    Comments may be submitted here until 11th of April (Vietnamese only)

    Source:

    Download link (Vietnamese)

    http://www.mic.gov.vn/Pages/DuThaoVanBan/XemYKienDongGop.aspx?iDDTVB_DuThaoVanBan=1981&replyUrl=/pages/duthaovanban/danhsachduthaovanban.aspx


  • MexicoReminder: NOM-001-SCFI-2018 will come into force in May

    As we already, announced in October 2019, NYCE issued NOM-001-SCFI-2018, which will cancel NOM-001-SCFI-1993. The new regulation will come into force 240 days after its publication on 2020-05-15.

    This standard regulates the safety requirements which electronic equipment manufactured, imported, commercialized, distributed or leased in Mexico needs to meet. Also, devices that are within its scope and that were previously exempt for being less than 24 V DC will be affected.

    The certificates of NOM-001-SCFI-1993 will remain valid until the end of their validity period and/or theinventory of the products they endorse is exhausted. Please note: it is not possible to issue certificates for NOM-001-SCFI-2018 before May, 15. However, certification requests can be made before May 15, 2020, so that the certificates can be issued from then.

    Group approval will be possible, as indicated in Appendix B- Grouping of electronic equipment and / or systems as a family of electronic equipment and / or systems.

    Source:

    Link to the official Gazette


  • BoliviaRenewal applications earliest 10 days before expiry date

    For product compliance safety reasons various of our clients aspire to gain certificate renewals before the existing certificate expires. Bolivian certificates are valid for 5 years; however, every renewal is considered as a new application. Formerly, the submission for the renewal application was feasible 30 days before the expiry date. This timeframe changed, thus renewal can only be initiated 10 days before the expiry date of a certificate.

    Internal resource


  • ChileSUBTEL - New Rules for Type Approval

    The Subsecretería de Telecomunicaciones, Chilenean regulator and authority for type approvals changed their policy for type approval process and this will take effect starting from 1st July 2020.

    Main changes are:

    1. SAR test reports are required
    2. products that have module implemented (“host devices”) will need to be approved using host device test reports. Module test reports can no longer be considered for the approval of host devices. Deadline for submitting applications the old way is 2020-06-30. Applications that reach SUBTEL after 30 June will be treated according to the new procedure.

    Information received from Certificaciones SUBTEL


  • Dominican RepublicModification Allocation Plan

    Indotel paves the way for 5 GHz

    The Telecommunication authority of the Dominican Republic, announced within the decret 91-20 the modification (4th of March 2020) of their frequency allocation plan (PNAF), following the Executive branch recommendations published in resolution 011-20. Within the updated allocation plan the frequency range 3 300 - 3 400 MHz has been modified for the future implementation of the 5G band. This will strengthen the telecommunications sector as promoted by the ITU and make Dominican Republic ready for latest 5G services implementation and is an improvement of quality for telephone and internet services.

    Downloadlink for allocation plan


  • OmanTRA announced new restrictions of Hazardous Substances

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced new Restriction of Hazardous Substances ROHS compliance requirements in December 2019.

    Starting in June, 30. 2020, all new Telecom and/or Terminal equipment subjected to the Type Approval process by the TRA needs to comply with the substance restriction requirements of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Three (3) EU Directive 2017/2102.

    Source:

    https://tamsys.org/file/eysQiykLglZAb6AEcSgAv4Q7BZoVpef65QuJhQpbe_P1yx5/27603753-e1b8-4a34-bf4c-17e2e5a9e05d_copy.pdf


  • JapanMIC working on development of 920 MHz RFID regulation

    Active low power wireless systems in the 920MHz band are widely used for mobile identification (RFID), smart meters, sensor networks, etc.

    In recent years, narrowband communications (LPWA), which can transmit power over long distances, are becoming more widespread as sensor networks. In Japan. this system is equipped with a carrier sense function to share the frequency between the systems, while in other countries, frequency hopping and low duty cycle functions are in use. Therefore, the need for harmonization with other countries is increasing.


    In light of these needs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications studied the necessary technical conditions for the introduction of a system that does not require a carrier sense function. Based on this report, the MIC decided in January to develop regulations for 920 MHz RFID.

    Source:

    https://www.soumu.go.jp/menu_news/s-news/01kiban14_02000419.html


  • EU (RE-D)Important note regarding new version EN 300 328

    In the official Journal of the European Union from 06/02/2020, the commission released the following decision:

    On the basis of the request set out in Implementing Decision C(2015) 5376, ETSI drafted the harmonised standard EN 300 328 V2.2.2 for data transmission equipment operating in the 2.4 GHz band.

    The most important change from the newly published EN 300 328 V2.2.2 to V2.1.1 is the revision of rules and measurement for receiver blocking, so re-tests will become mandatory for all devices.

    EN 300 328 V.2.1.1 will expire on August 6, 2021

    Downloadlink EN 300 328 V.2.2.2


  • General++ update delays in type approval procedure ++

    confirmed delays are also expected in:

    • Panama (ASEP from 16/03/2020 till 07/03/2020)
    • Malaysia (SIRIM Headquarter is closed, applications can be submitted online)
    • Kuwait (CITRA closed till 27/03/2020)

    Official Statement from SIRIM


  • PakistanPTA issued revised Type Approval Regulations

    The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority PTA issued its revised regulations on December 31, 2019. The type approval process was not noteably changed, but:

    1. the sample return value limit was lowered from 3000 USD to 2000 USD.

    2 The local system testing part is now officially included in this regulation. In regard of this system based testing, applicants may be asked to provide device samples. Clause 5.1.m of Section 2 of the revised regulation reads as follows:
    "As part of type approval evaluation, PTA will perform system based checking e.g. operation system, firmware, output power, programmed frequencies as and when required. PTA may also ask to provide demo of the device to show all the features programmed in the devices and compare the same with submitted test report. This demo may be asked in person or through video conferencing as deemed appropriate."

    Source: https://www.pta.gov.pk/assets/media/ta_reg_28022020.pdf


  • GeneralDelays in type approval procedure

    Due to the current Coronavirus situation, please be informed, that there may be delays in issuing certificates.

    Many authorities, laboratories and importers can currently work to a limited extent and following countries have already officially informed us about delays or complete shutdown:

    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • China
    • Ecuador
    • Indonesia
    • Iraq
    • Israel
    • Peru
    • Uruguay

  • MauritiusAddition to News from 2020-01-21 ICTA released new Directives

    Please be informed that we gained additional information regarding ICTA's new Directive from October 2019.

    As we informed in January 2020, ICTA (Information & Communication Technologies Authority) in Mauritius released a directive that short range devices for Transport and Traffic Telematics, such as Automobile sensors and Keyless entry systems, are exempted from Type Approval.

    The ICTA categorized ICT equipment in 7 categories: List A-G. Short range devices are now Category C devices and therefore subject to a Declaration of compliance issued by local licensed dealers. At the first step local importers need to register at the ICTA as local licensed dealers. With our support, they are able to issue a DoC on basis of the technical information. This DoC is crucial for getting an import clearance.

    According to the authority the certificates acquired previously in Mauritius cannot be used for import to Mauritius anymore as the local licensed dealer needs to apply for import clearance for every shipment individually.

    We'll gladly support you in getting your import clearance. Please don't hesitate to contact us.

    Sources:

    Authority Guidelines

    List of Categories


  • Papua New GuineaNICTA issues Public Consultation Notice

    On 2020-02-20, the National Information and Communications Technology Authority NICTA published a Public Consultation Notice "ICT Equipment Type Approval Regulation". This consultation seeks to provide a framework for importation and approval of ICT equipment intended for use or sale in Papua New Guinea. Interested individuals may submit their comments until 6 weeks after the notice being published (2020-04-02) via email/in person.

    Source:

    Public notice

    Regulation Draft


  • BrazilTemporary exception rules for renewals due to the Coronavirus

    Last Friday ANATEL released the Official letter nº 134/2020/ORCN/SOR-ANATEL.
    This letter established some exceptions to be applied during the ANATEL renewal due to the impact of the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19).

    ANATEL took this decision based on the IAF recommendation due to the concern of the novel virus' impact to the public health.

    1) No renewal testing will be required for devices that did not undergo any change in its project/components compared to the previous renewal/certification

    2) Internal and External photos will not be required

    These exceptions are valid only for certificates expiring until June 31st, 2020.

    Official document can be downloaded here:


  • IsraelHoliday season

    Due to holiday season the authorities MOC, SII and MOE will have a full shut down from 7th of April until 19th of April 2020.

    Type approval certification delays might occur


  • EgyptNTRA updates Type approval procedures

    The National Telecom Regulatory Authority in Egypt has updated it's Type approval procedures in January:

    The light scheme is applicable for ISO 17025 certified manufacturers in EMC and Safety scope and/or devices originate from a factory outside of India and China, whereas the tight scheme should be used for approvals where the above mentioned criteria doesn't fit. The documents for both schemes were updated and further details added

    In addition, the list of accredited labs in India and China for light and tight scheme was updated.

    Source:

    Government website

    http://www.tra.gov.eg/en/media-center/news/Pages/Type-Approval-Procedures-and-NTRA-Accredited-Labs-Recently-Updated.aspx


  • JordanTRA updates regulations in Jordan

    The Telecoms Regulatory Authority in Jordan updated their regulations on the 9th of February.

    From now on, labelling will not be required anymore. Furthermore, the certificate validity was prolonged from one year to three years.

    Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

    Source: internal research


  • ArgentinaDelays in type approval procedure

    Delays in the certification process at ENACOM (Argentina) are expected due to the reappointment of the director position.

    Currently, neither certificates nor regulations can be signed.

    Source: internal research


  • MexicoNew Regulation NOM-221/2—SCFI-2018

    In CW 7 of 2020 the official mexican standard„NOM-221/2—SCFI-2018“ came into force.

    This concerns all mobile terminal equipment operating in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 1700 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz and/or 2500 MHz frequency bands or that can be connected to telecommunications network.

    NOM-221/2—SCFI-2018 also regulates the test requirements of IFT-011-2017 part 2.

    Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación


  • RwandaRURA updates SRD guidelines

    On 15. November 2019, Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority issued an update for "Guidelines 008/G/R/SM-ICT/RURA/2019" on the use of Short range devices.

    This guideline defines technical parameters and operational requirements. Annex 2 consists of the updated National Frequency table including the regulatory requirements, available frequency bands and output power limits.

    After a transitional period (Article 16) of 3 months, these regulations came into force on 2020-02-15.

    Download link:

    https://rura.rw/fileadmin/Documents/ICT/Laws/Guidelines_on_the_Use_of_Short_Range_Devices.pdf


  • TunisiaNew Regulation: Decree 48-2020

    Tunisia's Authority 'The Research and Studies Telecommunications Centre' „Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche des Télécommunications (CERT)“ has published new approval rules on 5th of February, defined in decree 48-2020 of 23st January 2020.

    The main changes are:

    • Type approval certificates: validity is now unlimited
    • the Encryptions certification will now be treated by CERT, previously by the National Digital Certification Agency (ANCE)
    • Applications for unlimited certificates can be submitted at the end of their validity.
    • The lead-time 7-16 working days

    Source: Website CERT:

    http://www.cert.tn/images/pdf/communique_presse_collectif_homologation.pdf


  • IndonesiaSDPPI updates 76-77 Ghz radar regulation

    After issuing the draft in December 2019, the Indonesian Authority "Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika" SDPPI issued the new regulation for 76 - 77 Ghz radar devices on 2020-02-11.

    According to this new regulation called 'PERDIRJEN SDPPI No. 3 Tahun 2020' “Directorate General of Resource and Post and Informatics Number 03 of 2020” applications for 76 - 77 GHz Automotive Short Range Radar Systems can be submitted from now on.

    The technical specifications remain quite similar to the old regulation:

    • Output power < 55 dBm
    • Bandwidth < 1 GHz
    • EMC conductions emissions on DC power ports must meet class A requirement

    Please note that the authority didn't publish a list with accredited test labs for 76 - 77 GHz. Thus, only paperwork applications are possible at the moment.

    Source:

    Download link (Indonesian)


  • Central African RepublicAll Type approval requests suspended

    Due to internal reorganization of the regulatory authority „Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications (ART)", all type approval requests are currently on hold.

    There was no official statement from the authority and we don't know long the process will take.

    But our local partners will inform us when the authority resumes work

    Source: internal research


  • ThailandReminder for obligatory marking in Thailand

    Dear Customers,

    IB-Lenhardt AG would like to remind all radio communication equipment providers to comply with Marking regarding Regulation for selling radio communication equipment as per radio communication act B.E.2498.

    Abstract:

    Label shall be printed on user manual, shown on packaging, or provided as additional sheet put inside packaging. Label size should be 5x5cm.

    For unlicensed products:

    (Translation of label content: This radiocommunication equipment is exempted to possess license, user license, or radiocommunication station license as per NBTC notification regarding radiocommunication equipment and radiocommunication station according to radio communication act B.E.2498)

    For licensed products:

    (Translation of content: whoever possesses or uses this radiocommunication equipment or set up radiocommunication station shall receive license from a license officer. In case of violation of section 6 or 11, penalties as per section 23 of Radiocommunication Act B.E. 2498 which include fine penalty not over 100,000 Baht or imprisonment not over 5 years, or both, may be imposed.

    This marking requirment covers any product shipped to Thailand, even with Certificates/SCoC issued earlier than March 2019.

    For more information please do not hesitate to contact our team, we will happily support our customers on this matter

    Source:

    Notification of NBTC Subject: Regulation for selling radio communication equipment as per radio communication act B.E.2498


  • AustraliaACMA is looking for comments on proposal for EME amendment

    With regard to the upcoming rollout of 5G, handsets will be required to operate on frequencies above 6 GHz. At present, there are no harmonized standards for devices operating above 6 GHz used in close proximity to head or body.

    Therefore, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is proposing to amend the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Standard 2014 to ensure devices operating above 6 GHz have appropriate supply requirements and a specified test method to determine the specific absorption rate (SAR).

    The consultation is open until 2020-03-12

    Share your opinion here:

    https://www.acma.gov.au/consultations/2020-01/amendment-eme-arrangements-consultation-042020?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Amendment%20to%20EME%20arrangements&utm_content=Amendment%20to%20EME%20arrangements+CID_2d9b8871bccb700407d4dd63e11d33fd&utm_source=SendEmailCampaigns&utm_term=This%20consultation


  • PhilippinesDraft Memorandum for non-specific short range devices

    Philippines - The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has recently published on their official website a draft Memorandum in addition of section 2 of Memorandum Circular No. 03-05-2007.

    This relates in particular non-specific short range devices operating in 314.9-315 MHz.

    Following limit of technical parameters has been added:

    Maximum field strength/RF output power should be 10mW erp

    The official document can be downloades here:

    http://ntc.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/draftMC-amending-section2-MCNo-03-05-2007.pdf


  • EcuadorNew regulation survey - cell broadcast (CB)

    ARCOTEL will issue a new regulation within this year regarding the certification of devices connected to cellular networks.

    Once the regulation is in force the manufacturer must guarantee that the device can support Cell Broadcast in order to receive emergency alert messages.

    ARCOTEL invites the manufacturer to participate in the survey until 31-01-2020. Please contact IBL if you need any support.

    The questionnaire in Spanish can be downloaded here


  • CanadaConsultation of ICES-001

    The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following CONSULTATION: ICES-001, issue 5, “Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment” sets the minimum requirements applicable to industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) equipment. These requirements include limits for and methods of measurement of radiated and conducted radio frequency emissions produced by ISM equipment, as well as administrative requirements applicable to such equipment.

    Consultation of ICES-001, Issue 5, Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment ( available in English and French)

    Comments are due no later than March 20, 2020.

    English Version: https://www.rabc-cccr.ca/consultations/open/

    French Version: https://www.rabc-cccr.ca/fr/consultations-fr/consultations-en-cours/


  • MauritiusICTA released new directives

    ICTA in Mauritius released a directive that short range devices for Transport and Traffic Telematics, such as Automobile sensors and Keyless entry systems are exempted from Type Approval. This directive became effective in 2019-10-01.

    The authority has created 6 categories (List A-F) of ICT equipment. According to the new directive, Short range devices belong to Category C and therefore are subject to a Declaration of compliance by local licensed dealers to obtain an import clearance.

    Furthermore, there will be no type approval certificates anymore. Type approved equipment will be added to the list of type approved equipment on the authority ‘s website.

    Sources: Email from the Authority and Website:

    https://www.icta.mu/docs/clearance/Guidelines_clearance.pdf


  • ChinaPublic Holidays in China

    The Chinese authorities will close from January 25th to February 8th for a few days due to the Chinese New Year holidays.

    Chinese New Year is also celebrated in several Asian countries, but it is not an official holiday everywhere.


  • BrazilUpdate for Point-to-Multipoint Antennas

    On 14th November 2019 Brazils National Telecommunication Agency Regulatory Authority (ANATEL) published on the Federal register Act No. 7129:

    The act applies, that Point-to-Multipoint antennas used for restrict radiation devices, does not need to be approved in Brazil anymore, even if its gain is higher tha 8dBi.

    Source: official link


  • RussiaRoHS requirements mandatory - EAEU Customs Union

    Electrotechnical devices launched in the EAEU must undergo conformity assurance procedures staring from 01.03.2020 in order to confirm their compliance with the EAEU Technical Regulation 037/2016 - Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrotechnical and Radio-electronic Products.

    The above stated TR restricts the content of six substances (lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in electrotechnical and electronic devices. In generally, the concentration of cadmium may not exceed 0.01 % by weight in homogeneous materials used in electrotechnical and radio-electronic products. The other five substances may not exceed 0.1 wt %.

    EAEU TR 037/2016 considers devices with respect to the protection of human life and health and the environment and in order to prevent actions misleading consumers/users of electrotechnical and radio-electronic devices.

    EAEU TR 037/2016 is harmonized with technical requirements of the European Union, in particular with Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). Nevertheless, some regulations, first of all those related to the scope of application, are left at the level of repealed Directive 2002/95/EС (RoHS 1). This decision was taken since the member states ofthe Customs Union hadn't have any national requirements restricting the content of hazardous substances in electrotechnical and radio-electronic products.

    EAEU TR 037/2016 applies to household appliances and devices, IT equipment, telecommunication facilities, lighting and office equipment, electrical tools and electrical music instruments, sports and leisure equipment, gambling and vending machines, cash registers, cable products, protective cutout devices, fire/security detectors and other products.

    Thus, these products may be manufactured and launched in the EAEU countries without a conformity assessment and documents confirming their compliance with EAEU TR 037/2016 until 1 March 2020.

    Attachements:

    1. EAEU TR 037/2016 regulation

    2. List ofdevices incl. HS codes - customs list

    Source: local partner


  • MexicoPublic consultation Mexico IFT Labelling and Type Approval

    The Mexican RF Regulator – Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) – has launched on their website a public consultation on the draft for Type Approval Guidelines, this public consultation will close on 27th January 2020.

    One of the proposed modifications is is introduction of the “MX IFT” prefix to the Approval certificate number, the new label requirements can be found under Chapter IX, page 47/48.

    BL encourages you to comment the draft by submitting the attached comment form to info.upr@ift.org.mx or, by means of a letter submitted to the Commonwealth of the Parties of the Institute located in Insurgentes Sur 1143, Colonia Nochebuena, Territorial Demarcation Benito Juárez, CP 03720, Mexico City,

    Link to IFT website

    download form in spanish language - download agreement in spanish language


  • United StatesUse of the 5.850-5.925 GHz Band - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    According Fact-Sheet ET Docket No 19-138The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) wants to release more frequencies for WLAN (5.850-5.925GHz) precisely for V2x Use.

    Background:

    „For the past two decades, the 5.9 GHz band (5.850-5.925 GHz) has been reserved for use by Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), a service in the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) designed to enable vehicle-related communications. Since that time, the DSRC service has evolved slowly and has not been widely deployed. The Commission initiates this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to take a fresh and comprehensive look at the 5.9 GHz band rules and propose appropriate changes to ensure the spectrum supports its highest and best use. The Commission proposes to continue to dedicate spectrum in the upper 30 megahertz of the 5.9 GHz band to meet current and future ITS needs for transportation and vehicle safety-related communications, while repurposing the lower 45 megahertz of the band for unlicensed operations like Wi-Fi.

    What the NPRM would do:

    • Propose to repurpose the lower 45 megahertz of the band (5.850.5.895 GHz) for unlicensed operations to support high-throughput broadband applications

    • Propose that unlicensed device operations in the 5.850-5.895 GHz band be subject to all of the general Part 15 operational principles in the Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) rules. Propose to adopt technical and operational rules (e.g., power levels, out-of-band emissions limits) similar to those that already apply in the adjacent 5.725-5.850 GHz (U-NII-3) band.

    • Propose to continue to dedicate spectrum in the upper 30 megahertz of the 5.9 GHz band (5.895- 5.925 GHz) to support ITS needs for transportation and vehicle safety-related communications.

    • Propose to revise the current ITS rules for the 5.9 GHz band to permit Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) operations in the upper 20 megahertz of the band (5.905-5.925 GHz).

    • Seek comment on whether to retain the remaining 10 megahertz (5.895-5.905 GHz) for DSRC systems or whether this segment should be dedicated for C-V2X
    • Propose to require C-V2X equipment to comply with the existing DSRC coordination rules for protection of the 5.9 GHz band Federal Radiolocation Service.
    • Propose to retain the existing technical and coordination rules that currently apply to DSRC, to the extent that we allow DSRC operations in the 5.895-5.905 GHz band.

    • Seek comment on how DSRC incumbents would transition their operations out of some or all of the 5.9 GHz band if the proposals are adopted.

    This document is being released as part of a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding. Any presentations or views on the subject expressed to the Commission or its staff, including by email, must be filed in ET Docket No. 19-138, which may be accessed via the Electronic Comment Filing System (https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs). Before filing, participants should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules, including the general prohibition on presentations (written and oral) on matters listed on the Sunshine Agenda, which is typically released a week prior to the Commission’s meeting. See 47 CFR § 1.1200 et seq.“

    Donwloadlink hole notice


  • BahamasNew Regulation for Low Power Devices

    The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) published on 15th of November 2019 its Final Determination on the Proposed Revisions to Final Determinations Class Licences, Exemptions, and Types of Fees (ECS 24/2009) and Guidelines for the Type Approval Certificate of License‐Exempt Radio Spectrum Devices (ECS 02/2013).

    Now URCA grants a type approval certificate for new categories of low power electronic communications devices that satisfy the requirements for exemption set out in section 17(3) of the Comms Act.

    The changes also enable members of the Bahamian public to use as many additional everyday consumer electronic devices without the need to obtain a Licence from URCA.

    Type Approvals Certificates are issued for consumer devices such a laptops, wireless Wi-Fi routers, remote controls, cordless telephones, garage door openers, remote fans, automobile keyless entry systems, etc.

    • The Type Approval process involves interaction between the manufacturer of a low power device and URCA. The manufacturer of a low power device is required to demonstrate to URCA that:
    • The device is designed for efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum and avoids harmful interference with no degradation of service to other users of the spectrum;
    • The device conforms to health and safety standards and does not cause harm to the user or other individuals; and
    • The electromagnetic emissions do not disrupt the operation of equipment operating nearby.

    The changes to the Guidelines removes the previous certification restriction that only allowed devices tested using the Federal Communications Commission’s CFR Part 15 standards, to be issued a Type Approval certificate. URCA can now consider the type approval of low power devices manufactured in compliance with the standards of countries other than the USA.

    Link to official release


  • ChinaNew policy for SRD devices - No. 52-2019

    SRRC published a new policy for short range devices (SRD) or micro power devices No. 52, 2019 on 28.11.2019.

    Besides are few clarification on use and requirements of micropower devices, most notably, the announcement states that some frequency bands are no longer available from 2020 and from 2022:

    VII. From January 1, 2020, stop production or import the special equipment for wireless transmission of electronic scale, wireless data transmission equipment in 230MHz frequency band, crane in 230MHz frequency band or wireless remote control equipment for transmission machinery which does not meet the requirements of this announcement but meets the requirements of the notice on Issuing the technical requirements for micro power (short distance) radio equipment (Ministry of information No. [2005] 423). And the 410mhz band automobile alarm and other micro power equipment specified in the notice on the use frequency of wireless automobile anti-theft alarm equipment ([2006] No. 61).

    As of January 1, 2022, the production or import of civil metering instruments, analog cordless telephones and micro power equipment in 698-787mhz frequency band that do not conform to the announcement but meet the requirements of the notice on the issuance of technical requirements for micro power (short distance) radio equipment (Ministry of information No. [2005] 423).

    The above micro power equipment that has been legally used in accordance with the original provisions can be used until it is scrapped.

    The appended catalogue and technical requirements besides some small changes most notably does not contain the 77 GHz automotive radars anymore. According to our research and checking with the authority, the micro power device regulation 423 from 2005 has not been repealed and the regulation is still in effect. However, it is currently not clear if the new policy with the appended technical requirements replace the previous micro power device regulations and what the status of the not explicitly mentioned categories and frequency bands is.

    Source: http://www.srrc.org.cn/article23977.aspx


  • South AfricaICASA closed days

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, ICASA, will be closed due holidays from 13th of December 2019 to
    2nd of January 2020

    Source: Official Link


  • Sierra LeoneFinal Draft for ECE Type Approval Regulations 2019

    On October 2019 The National Telecommunicationss Comminssions (NATCOM) published the final draft for "ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT TYPE APPROVAL REGULATIONS 2019"

    All electronic communications equipment (ECE) requires a type approval and should be comply to one of the following technical standards / or approval body:

    • Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB)

    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

    • European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE)

    • Telecommunications Industry Associations (TIA)

    • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

    • Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

    • Industry Canada (IC)

    • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

    Link to the Final Draft


  • IndonesiaNew Regulation No. 197

    On December 3rd of 2019, SDPPI released a new policy KEPDIRJEN SDPPI NOMOR 197 TAHUN 2019 to revise the previous KEPDIRJEN SDPPI NOMOR 183 TAHUN 2019, published on 14th of November 2019.

    The revision was necessary because, after internal evaluation by authority (SDPPI), more laboratories are qualified to certify HKT products

    Source: official document


  • EthiopiaNew regulator of telecommunications devices

    The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) is the regulatory authority for Communications Services in Ethiopia.

    Its scope of regulation covers both Telecommunications Services and Postal Services within Ethiopia.

    The ECA was established recently by the Communications Services Proclamation No. 1148/2019 as an independent Federal Government Authority, with a commitment to facilitate the restructuring, the development and the integration of the Telecommunications, Information and Communications Technology (ICT.

    The responsibilities of the ECA entails but are not limited to:

    • Issuing licenses in the communications services sector, including telecommunications, postal, and courier services, and supervise operators of communications service;
    • Specifying technical standards for the provision of communications service;
    • Regulating tariffs relating to communications service;
    • Regulating types of telecommunication equipment that may be connected to a telecommunication network;
    • Managing the use of Radio Frequency spectrum in Ethiopia;
    • Safeguarding the interest of consumers of communications service;
    • Promoting information security, data privacy and protection;
    • Monitoring the activities of licensees to ensure that communications services confirm to the specified standards of quality, and enforce compliance with the license terms and conditions as well as regulatory laws, regulations and directives

    Also important to know: all Approval certificates issued in the by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MICT) will remain valid.

    In the transition phase there may be delays in issuing of certificates

    Source: www.ecta.et


  • GuyanaSince May 2019 delays in type approval

    Background for the delays in the type approval process is the dissolution of the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMA) and taking on its tasks and responsibilities by the National Telecommunications Agency (NATA).

    Source: Internal research