Regulatory News from 2013

New Type Approval Requirements
The National Communications Authority of Ghana (NCA) has new rules for Type Approval, beginning 2014-01-01. A summary of the new Ghana requirements: A sample is mandatory (as-sold) NCA will publish the following data on their website: BrandCertification BodyCountry... »read more
BIS Certification Deadline Extended to January 2014
The deadline for Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification on imported electronics products has been extended until 2014. »read more
Actualisation of Labeling Regulations
South AfricaSouth Africa2013-09-13
The ICASA (Independent Communication Authority South Africa) released notice 872 on late August 2013. The note regulates the labelling requirements for all telecommunication and radio devices when published. The regulations remain similar with the addition of... »read more
September 2013 Spectrum Changes
South KoreaSouth Korea2013-08-27
Beginning in September 2013, South Korea's National Radio Research Agency (RRA) Public Notice number 2013-29 will be implemented for the purpose of frequency spectrum harmonization. Below is an overview of the changes: 20 MHz bandwidth requirements for 1710~1745 MHz,... »read more
Release of 800 MHz Sprectrum for Mobile BroadbandNew spectrum 800 MHz band released in UAE for mobile broadband. UAE's TRA also sees growing importance of the 700 MHz band in Asia and worldwide as the ITU promotes uniform allocation of radio frequency bands across the different regions. ITU also designated the 800 MHz... »read more
Modular Approval Rule Clarification
SDPPI has specified the rules for modular approvals for the transition period until end 2013:  if the module is imported to Indonesia as module proper (without host), modular approval suffices  If the module will be imported into Indonesia installed in a... »read more
New Type Approval Regulations in Force
ictQatar released rules for type approval in 2011, now they are being fully enforced - there are two possible approaches : Simplified: The product must be already approved by another GCC-Country or a CAB from ITU-Region 1 (e.g. CE); Standard: Any other procedure... »read more
Modular Approval Rule Update
Philippine’s NTC declares Modular Approval cannot cover its host product. Even though NTC is still issuing Type Approval Certificates for modules, all NTC regional offices are instructed only to issue import permits for host products with a valid certification, a... »read more
Type Approval Changes
South KoreaSouth Korea2013-06-12
Recently, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) had a name change and is now known as the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP). This change occurred as a result of Korea's National Government Organization Act (Law No. 11690, 2013. 3. 23).  Per... »read more
Change in Module Rule
Malaysia's Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) announced that Modular Approval will no longer be accepted for modules installed in Tablet computers. This change does neither affect Notebook computers nor the RF radios. »read more
5470-5650 MHz Opened for SRD
Malaysia has opened the band 5470-5650 MHz (comparable to U-NII-2C) for use by Short Ranges Devices.  However, notebooks cannot rely on modular approval anymore - now, each notebook needs its own hostbased approval, even if its modules are approved already. »read more