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  • MTIT introduces mandatory pledge for manufacturers

    Yemen's MTIT (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology) has introduced more paperwork: From now on, any manufacturer seeking type approval from MTIT must sign a pledge.

    Please find attached the MTIT pledge document.


  • New Frequency Plan in Costa Rica

    Sutel, the Telecommunication Authority of Costa Rica, released on 2018-05-18 the new Resolution RCS-154-2018.

    This resolution, with retroactive effect from 2018-05-03, repeals the previous Resolution RCS-431-2010 about the Homologation Process of devices operating in „banda libre“. Basically, only WLAN was listed so far, but now, many applications like RFID, SRD and RADARs have been added; the main changes are listed here.


  • Some equipment exempted from Type Approval

    On 2018-05-08 a notice was published by the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia -CRAN- in the Government Gazette Number 6588, establishing a list of Telecommunications equipments newly exempted from type approval.

    The notice reminds that "from a technical and legal perspective, only communications or networking equipment which interfaces with public network services or wide area network services require type approval", and includes the list of the equipment not subject to type approval anymore.


  • Swaziland renamed to eSwatini


  • Ramadan Coming Up

    UAE's Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR) informs about the working hours during the holy month of Ramadan, lasting from 2018-05-17 to 2018-06-14: the office will be open from 9 am to 2 pm.

    In relation to these reduced working times, slight delays are expected in the next few weeks and the Authorities will be closed for about a week for the festivities of Eid Al Fitr.

    Similar customs are to be found in most muslim countries.

    Source


  • Unreachable authorities

    It has not been possible to reach the Dominican authorities for the last 3 weeks (21-04), neither by email nor by phone. All messages sent to INDOTEL are currently bouncing back with following error message: "connection timed out".

    INDOTEL website is not available either.


  • ARN Adds Validity To Certificates

    From early this year, the ARN (Autoridade Rguladora Nacional) is adding the expiry date on its certificates. Even though previous certificates did not specify any validity, they were also limited to 5 years - please be advised to check any certificates from Guinea-Bissau accordingly.


  • Japan Plans to Amend WLAN Regulation

    To provide better WLAN connections Japan plans to amend its regulation. The changes are scheduled for summer 2018 and focuse on the 5 GHz frequency. Effectively it will provide better compatibility with other regions, further details can be found in the draft.


  • RURA Resumed Type Approval

    RURA (Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority) has resumed its type approval after suspending last month. Two new requirements have been added to the procedure:

    1. One sample must be provided,
    2. A certifcate from another authority from ITU region 1 must be presented.

  • Ukraine Confirms Current Certificates In the Transitional Period

    As of 2018-04-01, the Technical Regulation of Radio Equipment came into force, which was approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated May 24, 2017 No. 355.

    Clause 3 of this Resolution, On Approval of the Technical Regulation of Radio Equipment, establishes the following features of the transitional period:

    "To establish that before 2019-04-01 distribution and operation cannot be prohibited or limited due to reasons of non-compliance with the requirements of the Technical Regulation approved by this resolution, radio equipment, which

    - was put into circulation before the date of entry into force of this resolution and
    - meets the requirements of the Technical Regulation of Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of June 24, 2009 No. 679 (Official Gazette of Ukraine, 2009, No. 50, item 1705), Technical Regulation on Electromagnetic Compatibility of Equipment , approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated December 16, 2015 No. 1077 (Official Gazette of Ukraine, 2016, No. 2, Article 72), Technical Regulations of Low Voltage Electric Equipment, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine id 16 December 2015 r. number 1067 (Official Bulletin of Ukraine, 2015 r., number 102, p. 3526). "


  • Reserved Bandwidth for GSM-R in China

    Manufacturers should keep that in mind that in China 885-889 MHz is exclusively reserved for GSM-R uplink (Railway).


  • FCC updates guidelines for labelling

    The OET has updated its handy guideline for labeling, it can be found in their Knowledge Database.


  • Colombia Extends Public Consultation For Free Spectrum Until May 11th

    Colombia's ANO (Agencia Nacional del Espectro) has announced last week to conduct a public consultation on the use of free spectrum. Originally it was to last only for a week but fortunately the authority has decided to extend the deadline until 2018-05-11.

    Original Post

    Extension


  • Increased administrative costs in South Africa

    Beginning 2018-04-01, the ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) has increased its administrative fees for Type Approval (Government Gazette dated 2018-04-03).

    https://www.icasa.org.za/


  • Brazil Postpones New Act 14448 By 3 Months

    Brazilian's ANATEL had drafted new rules in ATO 14448 but has now postponed those by a new act: ANATEL ATO n°2311.

    Thus, the deadline of ATO 14448 is extended from its original date 2018-04-02 by up to 3 months until ANATEL publishes new test rules.


  • Indonesia is planning new WLAN Regulation

    Indonesia's SDPPI is drafting new regulations for WLAN, including a much broader use of 5 GHz. After a public consultation in January 2018 the new allocation stipulated is:

    1. 2400 – 2483,5 MHz
    2. 5150 – 5250 MHz
    3. 5250 – 5350 MHz
    4. 5470 – 5725 MHz
    5. 5725 – 5825 MHz

    Channel bonding is allowed. The base antennas must be fixed and tamperproof. However, only the lowest and highest bands will be allowed for outdoor use. It's not known yet when it comes into effect.

    Source: https://www.kominfo.go.id/content/detail/12414/siaran-pers-no-09hmkominfo012018-tentang-konsultasi-publik-rpm-persyaratan-teknis-alat-dan-perangkat-telekomunikasi-wireless-local-area-network/0/siaran_pers?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook


  • Lao New Year

    The Lao Authorities will be closed from 2018-04-14 to 2018-04-16 for the New Year (Songkran).

    Although New Year is officially only a three day public holiday in Laos, the festivities (which includes spilling buckets of water on passersby) usually last longer and this could affect the duration of any current Type Approval procedures.


  • National Holiday

    From 2018-04-04 until 2018-04-06 there are national holidays in Taiwan. Type approval certification delays might occur.


  • ANATEL requires EMC testing

    During the re-organisation of its approval process for radiocommunication devices, the ANATEL requires EMC testing. This follows the new ANATEL regulation ATO 14448, which makes EMC testing mandatory, according to ANATEL ATO 952 for restricted radiocommunication equipment. The ANATEL Resolution 442 (EMC) has been repealed, the equipments which have already been tested and approved under Resolution 442 will be updated during the next maintenance process.

    The new procedure becomes effective for all approvals and renewals on 2018-04-02.

    The approvals issued before that date remain valid until their expiring date.


  • Prohibited equipment

    On 2018-03-14, the INCM (National Institute of Communication of Mozambique) published a letter informing the manufacturers, importers and users of electrocommunication and telecommunication equipment that the import, use and commercialization of the following devices are prohibited in the country;

    1. Devices operating in the frequency band 1900MHz- 2100MHz (reserved for cell phones)
    2. Telecommunication equipment used for fraudulent purpose (such as SIM boxes)
    3. Equipment representing a risk for the health or for terrestrial, maritime or aeronautical mobile services
    4. Equipment without a Declaration for Import from the INCM
    5. Equipment not homologated or certified by the INCM
    6. Equipment which didn't undergo a technical evaluation from the INCM. Any not homologated equipment will be confiscated by the INCM.

  • New regulation and application form available online

    The Type Approval Technical Standards Regulations released on 2017-12-31 by the PTA (Pakistan Communication Authority) is now available online, as well as the new form for a "Certificate of Compliance to technical standards".


  • Iran could be on track to EAC

    There are still rumours about Iran joining Eurasian Customs Union (EACU) but nothing substantial can be reported. It remains to be seen when such a treaty will manifest and what it would mean for type approval.


  • No Type Approval required any more

    The authority in New Caledonia, the ANFR (Agence Nationale des Fréquences - National Agency of Frequencies) has informed that it does not accept any Type Approval applications nor deliver any letter of information any more, since the latter is not compulsory. Nonetheless, the importers still have to request a formal administrative authorisation of importation on the base of the European (RE-D) regulation for radio-electric equipment.

    Source: ANFR


  • INTI laboratory on strike

    The Argentinian National Institute for Technology Industrial is on strike since the beginning of February due to the declared collective redundancies. This affects the homologation process of radio devices as no radiated test can currently be carried out. A truce is being negotiated but the employees are still not willing to resume work. For further information: press article from iProfesional


  • ICTA releases 2 telecommunication directives

    In Mauritius ICTA has introduced two new directives. Both directives easen the import mainly of smartphones but the second effectively nullifies the need for type approval of BT and WiFi devices:

    6.9 No Type Approval from the Authority is required for the importation and sale of devices equipped only with Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth® as exemplified below –

    Application Devices equipped with Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth®
    Automotive Car infotainment systems
    Consumer Electronics

    Television set, CD/DVD players, Washing Machines, Refrigerators, Cameras, Home entertainment systems, Household appliances

    PC Peripherals Wireless Mouse, Keyboard, Touchpad, Microphone, Speaker, Printer/Scanner
    Sports & Fitness Sport equipment

    However, devices still need to be compliant with ICTA's requirements.


  • Type Approval Changes Expected

    According to still unofficial information, Rwandan authority RURA will implement new type approval regulations within the next few months. Increased Type Approval fees and new samples regime for the following devices are expected:

    • Handheld equipment, cell phones/smartphones, tablets
    • Laptops
    • Keyless entry systems

  • New Label Requirements

    Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade confirmed the following new labelling format for radio equipment mandatory from 2017-09-01 onwards:


    UA – stands for Ukraine
    TR – provisional symbol of a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) that is assigned to perform conformity assessment to the requirements of technical regulations
    yyy - CAB ID number


  • New Standard for Low Power Devices in force

    The Argentinian Authority for Telecommunication ENACOM released the new Q2-60-14v17.1 Standard for Low Power Devices (resolution 6639-E/2017). This current version replaces version 16.1.

    The latest resolutions and changes are following:

    • Maximum output power of 401-406 MHz band: 18.260 μV/m @ 3m
    • Maximum output power of 433.075-434.775 MHz band: 366000 μV/m @ 3m
    • Addition of UWB bands 3100-10600 MHz
    • Modification of limits of 22 GHz bands: 22000-26650 MHz

    Following devices may possibly be affected:

    • Alarms and motion detectors
    • Closed-Circuit Televisions
    • Industrial Control Devices
    • Access Controls
    • Wireless Audio Devices
    • RFID
    • Transportation Telematics Equipment
    • Telemetry Systems

  • New Cayman Island Type Approval Procedure

    OfReg (Utility Regulation and Competition Office) introduces changes with immediate effect in the radio Type Approval Procedure: the application must be submitted online and Type Approval fees have been added..

    All applications submitted prior to 2017-08-15 are being processed under the former procedure.


  • Resumption of Type Approval Process

    Following a three year hiatus, Niger regulator ARTP has resumed Type Approval processing. The major changes from prior regulations and proceedings are:

    • Samples are required for 2G, 3G, 4G and personal computers
    • Type Approval certificates replace approval letters
    • New validity period of 10 years for Type Approval certificates
    • An original DoC may be required for approval

  • No modular approval in force

    The Chilean Telecommunication Authority SUBTEL recently informed that Modular Type Approval is not in force anymore. However, existing Type Approval certificates for modular devices still remain valid. A previously approved module in Chile might be subject to investigation by SUBTEL if it causes interference issues.


  • New Requirements for Cell Phone Chargers

    Brazil’s regulator ANATEL issued new requirements for cell phone chargers, especially for vehicle and wireless chargers intended to be used with cell phones. These chargers will be listed as Category I products (1 year validity).

    Whereas the regulation is applicable for vehicular cell phone chargers as of 2018-01-06 (ANATEL Act no. 493), no date has yet been set for wireless chargers.

    Moreover, in-country testing will be required, including both the chargers and the cell phone they are intended to be used with.


  • New Type Approval Process

    ARCOTEL, the Ecuadorian Regulator has informed that the Letter of No Action (LoNA) for products not subject to homologation is now voluntary:

    • Devices with an output power less than 50mW and not considered part of a restricted category are still exempt from Type Approval
    • WLAN client services (printers, laptops, computers, etc.) no longer require homologation but WLAN master/infrastructure devices still do.

  • New Regulation for Low Power Devices

    ENACOM released the updating regulation No. 5186-E/2017 for low power devices, including following changes:

    • an update of the output power for some frequency bands such as 401-402 MHz, 402-405 MHz. 405-406 MHz and 433.075-434.775 MHz;
    • the addition of the 3.1-10.6 GHz band for UWB;
    • the frequency band widening from 24.25-25.8 GHz to 22-26.25 GHz for vehicle radars using UWB technology.

  • Type Approval Procedures

    The Autorité Nationale de Regulation des Telecommunications (ARTP), Niger’s Regulatory Authority, published new information regarding their Standard vs Simplified Procedure for Type Approvals:

    • The Simplified procedure is only possible in case a Certificate of Conformity has been issued by recognized Conformity Assessment Bodies (CAB) or Regulatory Authorities. In all other cases, the Standard procedure is mandatory. At present, only the Standard procedure is in place, however the ARTP is currently working on agreements with Regulatory Authorities and CABs to get the Simplified procedure established.
    • When a device has been approved, following information must appear on its label:
      • Approval date and number;
      • Identification of the model, lot or serial number;
      • Manufacturer or supplier name

  • Updates to SRD Requirements

    NTC of Philippines published in Memorandum Circular No. 03-06-2017 some changes:

    Frequency Band
    Type of SRD MC No. 03-05-2007 MC No. 03-06-2017 Maximum Field Strength / RF Output Power
    Non-specific Short Range Devicies, Telemetry, Telecommand, Alarms, Data in General and Other Similar Applications.

    868.000 – 868.600 MHz
    686.700 – 869.200 MHz
    869.300 – 869.400 MHz
    869.700 – 870.000 MHz

    868.000 – 868-600 MHz
    868.700 – 869.200 MHz
    869.300 – 869.700 MHz
    869.700 – 870.000 MHz
    25 mW erp
    25 mW erp
    25 mW erp
    5 mW erp


  • Test Report Requirements for 2G and 3G Devices

    MIC, Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications, announced that as of 2017-06-01 local test reports for 2G and/or 3G devices will no longer be accepted for Type Approval.

    Applications for these products must have test reports (for the 2G/3G portion) issued by a recognized foreign laboratory, as listed on MIC’s MRA list for 2G/3G.

    Due to the numerous complaints from local importers and local manufacturers about this new policy, MIC appears to be reconsidering their decision. A final decision by MIC is expected soon. Until then, local test reports for 2G/3G technology are no longer accepted.


  • Addition to List of Devices Exempt from Type Approval

    Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has extended its list of devices which are exempt from Type Approval in Pakistan, adding Wi-Fi Access Points Operating in ISM Band (2.4-2.5 GHz, 5725-5.875 GHz) and conforming to PTA ISM Band Regulation SRO 287(I)/2016. This list was published May 26, 2017 as follows:

    1. Networking Equipment (Switches, Firewalls, Servers, Storage Devices)
    2. Laptops /Desktops/Personal Computer (PC)
    3. Tablet PC with Wi-Fi only Functionality (Non-Sim based devices)
    4. GPS only devices
    5. Smart Watches with Bluetooth/Wi-Fi functionality only (without SIM or tracking features)
    6. RFID/Bluetooth/NFC devices
    7. Wi-Fi Access Points operating in ISM Band (2.4 – 2.5 GHZ, 5725 – 5.875 GHz) and conforming to PTA ISM Band Regulation SRO 287(I)/2016

    The listed devices do not require a Type Approval/No Objection Letter (NOC) from PTA, and may be directly imported as per customs procedures.


  • Type Approval Reinstatement

    It has come to our attention on 2017-05-17 that Djibouti's Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, chargé des Postes et des Télécommunications (MCPT) has resumed Type Approval procedures. The MCPT had placed all Type Approval applications on hold in 2013 due to planned changes to its spectrum management system. NoType Approval certificates willbe issued in the meantime.

    The following information has been obtained regarding the reinstated Type Approval policy:

    • No online application (only paperwork)
    • No samples required
    • 5 year validity for the certificates
    • Foreign manufacturers still allowed to hold the Approval
    • 3-4 weeks estimated lead-time
    • No requirements for labelling

    It is yet to be determined which equipment type is affected by the new policy and what impact it may have on products already on the market.


  • Removal of RF Type Approval Requirements for Simple Radio Products

    A Free Import Regulation letter from the Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC), dated 2017-01-21, informs that they will no longer issue Type Approval certificates for simple wireless devices.

    Following equipments will be exempt from Type Approval:

    1. Equipment ONLY operating with Bluetooth (BT) technology;
    2. Equipment ONLY including a receptor for satellite broadcasting to determine geographical location (i. e. GPS or GLONASS);
    3. Equipment ONLY operating both technologies listed in (1) and (2)

    However, Type Approval by MoC will still be required if a device contains Bluetooth/GPS or GLONASS receiver technology along with any other wireless technology, such as WLAN.

    EMC and Safety Approval from the Standards Institute of Israel (SII) remain unaffected from this change of policy which only applies to radio regulations, and should be obtained like in the past.


  • Possibility of Paperwork-Only Type Approval Process

    The Indonesian authority, Direktorat Jenderal Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika (SDPPI), communicated that they were considering a new policy allowing paperwork-only for Indonesia’s Type Approval procedures. The new policy could run in parallel to the current Type Approval procedures, which requires local testing.

    The new policy will allow manufacturers to choose between the new paperwork-only process or the existing local testing process. This new policy still awaits release, but is expected to come into force in 2017.


  • List of Devices Exempt from Type Approval

    The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) recently released a list including following devices exempt from Type Approval:

    • Laptops/Desktops/Personal Computer (PC)
    • Tablet PC with Wi-Fi-only functionality (non-SIM based devices)
    • Networking Equipment (switches, firewalls, servers, storage devices)
    • Smart watches with Bluetooth/Wi-Fi functionality only (without SIM or tracking features)
    • 13.56 MHz RFID/Bluetooth/NFC devices
    • GPS-only devices

    These devices require neither type approval nor a non-objection letter (NOC) from PTA, and may be directly imported as per customs procedures.


  • In-Country Branch Office Requirement

    India tightens its regulations on foreign applicants, requiring:

    - a liaison office or branch office located within the country and meeting all liabilities and obligations according to the BIS Act of 1986 and the Rules and Regulation for the purpose of registration,

    - a member from this office to be nominated to act as the Authorized Indian Representative (AIR).


  • Type Approval Guidelines Issued

    The Ministry of Information & Communication (MIC) of Tonga released an Official Guideline. Accordingly, all communication equipment with radio or satellite technology require Type Approval by MIC prior to being imported and marketed for use in Tonga.

    Equipment is exempted from the requirement as follows:

    • Receiver-only radio equipment intended to be used solely for the reception of sound (radio) and terrestrial TV broadcasting services, including satellite dishes and aerials
    • Laptops, personal computers, tablets, and car radios with short range radio technology such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
    • Digital displays or LCD screens for digital cameras, printers, car audios
    • Short range (up to 50 meters) infrared remote control equipment, including TV remote controls, toys, car or garage door openers, etc.
    • Terminal equipment used by licensed radio amateurs for personal use

  • MINCOM - the new RF authority

    Due to reorganization, MINCOM (Ministerio de Comunicación) took over MIC as RF & telecom authority since 2013-02-23 and still processes radio type approval. Wireless Devices using radio spectrum require homologation and local testing is necessary (for further information: Resolution No. 137/2003, No. 127/2011 and No. 156/2011).


  • New Testing Standard for Low Power Devices

    Argentina's ENACOM issued Resolution No. 6038/2016 with a new testing standard for Low Power Devices, including following updates:

    • The frequency bands have been updated;
    • Only one radiated sample (previously 3 samples) is required if the channel can be selected on the product. If not, then two samples must be provided: one for the lower channel and another for the higher channel;
    • Modular approval is now accepted for Low Power devices;
    • The similarity between two or more equipment could be accepted for those devices that are exactly the same radio part, hardware and the antennas;
    • Renewals and Test reports under the previous CNC-Q2-60.14 V12.1 standard will be accepted until 180 days after the publication date of the new standard (2016-08-02).

  • In-Country Testing Required

    Russia’s State Committee on Radiofrequencies (GKRCH) issued new rules for RFC (Radio Frequency Centre) conclusions which are mandatory for obtaining import licenses for radio devices such as RFID (866-868 MHz) SRDs, automotive radars (76-77 GHz), DECT devices (1880-1900 MHz) and more.

    Obtaining the RFC conclusion is no longer a simple paperwork process: only test reports issued by Russia’s RFC will now be accepted and in-country testing is therefore required, since GKRCH reports issued by an accredited lab are no longer tolerated.


  • SRDs Exempt From Type Approval

    Kenya’s Communications Authority recently introduced a new regulation on the use of Short Range Devices (SRDs). Accordingly, SRDs operating in the permitted frequency bands are now exempt from Type Approval and may be freely imported and sold in Kenya.

    The new exemption includes, among other, SRDs operating at 13.56 MHz, 433—435 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands such as NFC tag/card readers, keyless vehicle entry systems, WiFi devices, etc. SRDs must however comply with the maximum permitted output powers as specified for each band; this currently follows the EU regulations.


  • Requirements for Supplementary Test Reports

    Per Resolution 755, SUBTEL has announced the following additional requirements for supplementary test reports in cases the output power exceeds the Chilean limits:

    • In the supplementary test report for devices operating in 5 GHz, it must be clearly visible that the 5500-5700 MHz band will be disabled.
    • The test report must be released on the appropriate laboratory letterhead with their official logo and identify clearly the contact details of the lab as well as the names and signatures of the persons responsible for carrying out the testing.
    • In case a different laboratory from the initial one for the FCC/EU test reports will carry out the supplementary test report, then the test conditions and support equipment must remain the same.

    Please be aware that SUBTEL may reject applications where the supplementary test report does not follow the requirements mentioned before.


  • Type Approval Suspended

    ARPT (Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications) recently informed that Type Approval services are on hold due to the current election of a new Director. Consequently, there will be no new Type Approval certificates issued in the meantime.

    Normal services are expected to resume after the election of the new Director.


  • New Labelling Requirements for Cell Phones

    Chile’s Telecommunication Authority SUBTEL published on 2016-06-16 the Resolution 1463 about new labelling requirements for cellphone devices, applicable within 270 days, stating that:

    • Prior to import and sale in Chile, manufacturers will have to display a multi-band stamp on the packaging of devices containing 2G, 3G or 4G technology, indicating the cellular technologies supported, for both existing and new devices;
    • It will be mandatory for cell-phone devices to operate in all permitted frequency bands of at least one supported cellular technology (2G, 3G or 4G);
    • Cellular-only devices are still exempt of Radio Type Approval, but devices containing technologies such as BT, WLAN and RFID do require homologation.

  • 700 MHz band available for 4G LTE

    SUBTEL informed that the 700 MHz band is now available for LTE services. The current Type Approval requirements remain valid.


  • Expanding Scope of Devices subject to Type Approval

    Currently, only voice-only cellular devices must obtain Type Approval. However, the CRC (the Colombian Regulator) has announced recently that Type Approval for data-only cellular devices may be implemented in the near future. It is still to be confirmed when the new resolution will be inforced and whether Radio Type Approval procedure for data-only cellular devices will be the same as for voice-only cellular devices.


  • Type Approvals Resumed

    ARPT (Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post of Niger) will resume Type Approval, following a hiatus of two years. Additionally, ARPT have announced the following changes to approval procedures:

    • Four approval request forms must be completed by the manufacturer.
    • Two samples must be submitted. Samples will be returned to the applicant at their own expense within six months after approval or rejection.
    • The application license fee must be paid before the submission of the projects.
    • Processing can take up to two months.

  • 57-64 GHz band open

    Following Resolution 03-02-ARCOTEL-2016 from 2016-02-24, changes have been performed to the National Frequency Allocation plan. The frequency band 57-64 GHz for WLAN 802.11ad devices has been allocated and devices using this technology can now be homologated.


  • Voluntary approval for Low Power Devices

    Since 2016-01-20, it is possible to apply for a voluntary Dispensation Note for Low Power Devices issued by Guatemala`s Superintendencia de Telecommunicaciones. This Dispensation Note states that no type approval will be necessary for a specific device prior to import or sale in Guatemala. Previously, no approval document was issued but devices were required to have either FCC or CE approval (or both).


  • Expanded Type Approval Requirements

    As of 2016-02-01, the regulation No. 80-201 is in effect and the scope of type approval now additionally includes:

    • Digital Television DVBT2
    • IP-PABXMedia
    • Gateways
    • Routers
    • Set top box DVBT2
    • Switches
    • Video Conference products

    Testing samples locally is not required but EMC compliance must be proven, for example by existing CE reports.


  • New Resolution for Low Power devices

    ENACOM published Resolution Nº 15/2016 for Low Power Devices on 2016-02-01, which replaces previous Resolution Nº 86/2014. The main changes are:

    • the allocation of the frequency range 24.5 to 25.80 GHz for Ultra-Wide Band for vehicular radars
    • the limit for non-desired emissions for devices containing RFID technology (13.56 MHz) has been reduced from 913 μV/m to <334 μV/m

  • New Regulator for Radio devices

    Due to governmental changes, ENACOM is the new Argentine Regulator formed by a mergence between the former Regulator AFTIC (Autoridad Federal de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Communicaciones) and AFSCA (Autoridad Federalde Servivios de Comunicación Audiovisial). The Type Approval process and the labeling requirements remain the same as well as the certificates issued by AFTIC remain valid. Current applications under review at AFTIC will be running as usual but may experience a delay caused by the transition process.


  • Conformity to the Chilean standards required

    Until 2016-01-01, SUBTEL accepted Frequency Declarations or User Manual statements showing that the device will be restricted to conform with the Chilean Regulation Resolución 755. From now on, all new Radio Type Approval applications with greater output power than the permitted one will be rejected. The allowed output power for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz is 150 mW. Existing certificates remain valid as long as the output power continues to be restricted to conform with the Chilean standards.


  • 865-868 MHz Band not subject to Type Approval

    CONATEL in Paraguay is no longer approving 865-868 MHz and 915-928 MHz spread spectrum devices due to interference problems. The second frequency band might be re-opened in the future. Devices operating in these bands and already homologated may continue to operate until the expiry date of the certificate.


  • New Requirement for 2G/3G/4G devices

    Since November 2015, the Ecuadorian Regulator ARCOTEL release only homologation certificates if devices with 2G/3G function operate at least in 850 MHz and 1900 MHz and devices with 4G in at least LTE bands 2 and 4.


  • Delicensing of Frequency Bands

    Due to the delicensing of the following frequency bands (published on 2015-09-16 by India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology), it is now possible to Type Approve equipment operating in these frequency bands. A licence is not required from any person to establish, maintain, work on, possess or deal with any of the wireless equipment listed.

    Devices Frequency Band Maximum Effective Radiated Power Limits
    Very Low Power Radio
    Frequency Devices /
    Wireless microphones
    36 to 38 MHz 50 mW; maximum audio channel bandwidth of 200 kHz
    Very Low Power Radio
    Frequency Devices /
    Equipment including Radio Frequency Identification Devices
    433 to 434.79 MHz 10 mW (e.r.p) with maximum channel bandwidth of 10 kHz (Duty cycle limit 10%)
    Very Low Power Radio
    Frequency Devices / Equipment for Inductive Applications
    302 to 351 kHz -15 dBµA/m (H-Field strength) at 10 meters
    Very Low Power Radio
    Frequency Devices / Equipment for Short Range Radar Systems
    76 to 77 GHz

    5 W (37 dBm)


  • Type Approval from now on mandatory

    INDOTEL, the Dominican Republic Regulator, informed that National Type Approval of Radio devices is now mandatory and not covered by FCC approval.


  • New Type Approval Requirements

    Tonga's MIC (Ministry of Information & Communications) has begun to enforce new Type Approval rules: Approval for Radio equipment is mandatory. Both FCC and CE test reports are admissible.


  • Type Approval Procedure into force again

    After a four months suspension, ARN-TIC, Guinea Bissau`s Type Approval agency, is now receiving requests and issuing Type Approval certificates. The Type Approval procedure remains unchanged.


  • New Type Approval Requirements

    Ghana's National Communication Authority (NCA) revised its guidelines in May 2015 as follows:

    • A local company is now required for all type approval applications if the manufacturer does not have a branch in Ghana.
    • Regarding the publication of the type approved devices on NCA website: "The Authority will maintain on its website a list of approved ECE (hereinafter referred to as "Type Approval Register") to be accessed by the general public";
    • A regularly updated list of testing laboratories recognized by the Authority will be available on the Authority's website. The Authority can demand re-testing at a laboratory assigned by the Authority on the applicant's expense,
    • Approved Terminal Equipment must be labeled, bearing the mark 'NCA Approved: XXX-XXXXX-XXX' (Appendix 3 of Guidelines). Electronic Marking is acceptable;
    • NCA shall perform market surveillance to ensure that only type approved ECE is sold in Ghana.

  • No more family approval in Costa Rica

    SUTEL no longer accepts family approval: from now on, each model with a different color, hardware or software will require a separate Type Approval certificate.


  • Implementation of Online Self Labelling Program

    On 2015-02-24 a Self-Labelling Programme (SLP) was launched by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and its appointed Certifying Agency, SIRIM. This will replace the conventional labeling program from 2015-06-15 onwards.

    The SLP certification mark consists of:

    1. logo design
    2. "MCMC" (as word)
    3. Common ID (CID) or certificate Holder ID (HID)

    The SLP allows self-labelling by the certificate holder or manufacturer of their certified products according to related regulations (surface-marking or e-Labelling).


  • SUPERTEL changed name to ARCOTEL

    ARCOTEL (Agencia de Regulación y Control de las Telecommunicaciones) is now replacing SUPERTEL (Supertendencia de Telecomunicaciones) as the Ecuadorian Regulatory Authority.

    The Type Approval remains unaffected and still no specific label is required. During the transition period, current applications might be delayed by approximately 1-2 weeks.


  • New label requirements in Argentina

    In the Resolution Nº 82/2015 released on 2015-01-28, the Argentine Communications Authority (CNC) inform about the format, size, colors and display of the CNC label and homologation number. This resolution will be in force after 2015-05-04 and affects new certified products as well as renewals.


  • Samples Now Mandatory for Type Approval

    So far Nigeria's NCC had not requested samples but beginning 2015-01-01 samples will be mandatory cell phones, tablets and notebooks. For other products Nigeria's NCC reserves the right to request samples.


  • Type approval for WLAN 5 GHz not allowed

    From November 2014 on, the Uruguayan Authority URSEC (Unidad Reguladoria de Servicios de Comunicaciones) no longer releases type approval certificates for 5.470 - 5.725 GHz WLAN band as this band has been assigned for government use only. Devices operating in this band and with an existing URSEC Type Approval certificate may continue to operate. For new applications, the master device must have this specific band restricted: As for client devices, only passive scanning or an Ad hoc mode is allowed.


  • SCCom takes over function of SPTC

    SPTC (Swaziland Post and Telecommunications Corporation) was officially taken over by SCCom (Swazilands Communication Commission), now responsible for regulatory functions. For type approval, a product sample and a copy of the existing ICASA type approval certificate are mandatory.


  • Update on Compliance Labeling Notice

    In September 2014, the AMCA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) published the Radiocommunication Devices (Compliance Labelling) Notice 2014, superseding the Notice 2003. The 2014 Notice does not make any significant changes but was mainly created to replace the 2003 Notice, due to expire on 2015-04-01 (sunset date) in accordance with Part 6 of the Legislative Instrument Act 2003.


  • New EMC Requirement for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi Devices

    The new circular No. 05/2014/TT-BTTTT comes into effect on 2014-03-19 in Vietnam, requiring WIFI equipment (2.4GHz, 5GHz) to meet the additional compliance requirements of QCVN18:2010 (equivalent to EN 300 339:1998).


  • Samples Now Required for Type Approval

    TRA (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will require one test sample for most RF Type Approvals (two for GSM). They will be kept by TRA for market surveillance.


  • ACMA issues 2.3 GHz guidelines

    ACMA (Australian Communication and Media Authority) published the “Interference to Spectrum Licensed Receivers – 2.3 GHz Band” Radiocommunication Advisory Guidelines on 2013-12-12, superseding the “Managing Interference to receivers – 2.3 GHz Band” Radiocommunication Advisory Guidelines and coming into effect on 2015-07-25.

    The purpose of these guidelines is to:

    • manage in-band and out-of-band interference by providing compatibility requirements for registered fixed receivers operating under spectrum licences issued for the 2.3 GHz band;
    • provide protection to radiocommunications receivers operating under spectrum licences issued for the 2.3 GHz band from interference caused by radiocommunications transmitters operating under a class licence, and from fixed transmitters operating under either:
    1. an apparatus licence issued on or after the date on which these guidelines commence
    2. a spectrum licence where the transmitter is registered under Part 3.5 of the Act on or after the date on which these guidelines commence.

  • 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:
      1. Brand
      2. Certification Body
      3. Country of Origin
      4. Date of Certification
      5. EMC standard
      6. Equipment category
      7. Firmware/Software Version
      8. Manufacturer
      9. Modulation type
      10. Notes
      11. Operating frequency band
      12. Radio frequency power of radio equipment
      13. Radio standard
      14. Safety standard
      15. Transmission capacity
      16. Type of RTT
    • All Type Approved RTTE must have a permanent label except for:
      1. WiMAX FORUM marked equipment
      2. WiFi ALLIANCE marked equipment
      3. UL Registered Component marked equipment
      4. Modular equipment
      5. IECEE CB SCHEME marked equipment
      6. CE marked equipment or FCC parts 15 and 16 approved equipment
      7. Bluetooth marked equipment
      8. 3GPP marked equipment

  • 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.


  • Changes to Type Approval Guidelines

    Gambian Regulator PURA changed its Type Approval procedures as following:

    1) All Gambia Type Approval certificates issued before 10/30/2013 will expire on 12/31/2015.
    Certificates issued after 10/30/2013 will have 2 years validity.

    2) Test reports to the following standards will be recognized :

    • FCC
    • ANSI
    • ETSI
    • ITU
    • IEC
    • ISO

    3) PURA reserves the right to request a sample of the product if they have concerns about interference, EMC, health and safety of the product.


  • Actualisation of Labeling Regulations

    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 e-labelling.

    Summary:

    • The label, which must be legible and protected against damage, shall be affixed to the devices before being placed on the market;
    • Against payment of a fee, it is possible (but not mandatory) to obtain the labels from ICASA.
    • If the labels are produced and added by the manufacturer, the latter must send a request letter to ICASA previously. ICASA will then send a written response confirming that the request has been approved.
    • The label must bear the ICASA logo and certificate number (TA XXXX-YYYY). The minimum size for the logo must be 3 x 3 mm and for the certification number 1 x 1 mm. The height to width ration of the label overall must be 1:2.
    • E-labeling also must be requested in written form. ICASA will issue a formal letter for approval. The documentation must clearly indicate how to access the e-label, which must be displayed either:
    1. during the power up of the device,
    2. in the device system information page,
    3. in the device help menu of the device.

  • Modular Approval Rule Clarification

    SDPPI has specified the rules for modular approvals for the transition period until end 2013:

    1. if the module is imported to Indonesia as module proper (without host), modular approval suffices
    2. If the module will be imported into Indonesia installed in a computer (eg laptop), modular approval should be obtained and host must approved separately (without local testing but by paper based approval).
    3. for modules in hosts other than PC need host level approval and local testing.

    More changes are expected to come.


  • 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 certification of its embedded modules being not sufficient.


  • Enforcement of Type Approval Certification

    Nepal's NTA announced to monitor the market to enforce the certification of cell phones.

    According to NTA this monitoring is to tackle the high ratio of 50% of handsets without certification. Customers will have to provide their handset's IMEI to obtain a SIM card to prevent the usage of of unregistered phones.

    The Type Approval Certification itself will be improved and helped by consultants.


  • Update on Conformity Declarations

    The “Law of Ukraine No. 5312-VI”, released on 2012-11-29, contains the following news:

    • A Registration of Conformity Declarations in Ukraine is no longer required;
    • Declarations of Conformity issued in Ukraine for R&TTE, EMC, or Safety no longer require the registration by a CAB (Conformity Assessment Body);
    • It can now be replaced by a manufacturer's or his/her authorized representative's self-declaration.

  • New ACMA spectrum plan possibly drastically reduces smartphone costs world wide.

    The ACMA (Australian Communication and Media Authority) published a new spectrum plan for the 700 MHz frequency band on 2012-11-19. The Plan has the potential to drastically reduce the costs of smartphones around the World. The “Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz spectrum band plan“ is committed or seriously considered to be adopted by several countries such as Australia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, India, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and the United Arab Emirates.


  • 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Bands Now Allowed

    In November 2012, Palestine’s Ministry (MTIT) confirmed that WLAN devices operating in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band are permitted as per the following discribed limits:

    • 402 – 2482MHz (Channels 1 -13) maximum output power of 1000mW + 6dBi
    • 5150 – 5250MHz (Channels 36 – 48) maximum output power of 1000mW + 6dBit
    • 5250 – 5350MHz (Channels 52 – 64) maximum output power of 1000mW + 6dBit

    5725 – 5825 MHz band is open for point-to-point fixed link products, with maximum output power of 1000mW + 23dBi. Use of this band is subject to licensing.

    The following bands are not permitted for use:

    • 5470 – 5725MHz (Channels 100-140)
    • 5815 – 5850MHz (Channel 165)
    • 5850 – 5875MHz (Channel 173)

  • Changes to Approval Requirements for WWAN Products

    The Ministry of Communications (MoC) has informed on 2012-09-29, that WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network) products do no longer have to undergo local testing by Israeli Network Providers in order to gain Type Approval, which will have a positive impact on the cost and leadtime on the same.
    From now, there are the following requirements for approvals:

    • EMC/Safety certificate from Standards Institute of Israel (SII)
    • Radio Approval certificate from MoC
    • Encryption approval certificate from Ministry of Defense (MoD)

  • Cellular Devices - New Regulation

    The Ministry of Communications (MoC) has implemented new regulations for cellular apparatus.
    It covers cellphones, smartphones and products with cellular ability. These regulations are in force starting 2012-09-29 and feature the below:

    • The CE mark has to appear on the device;
    • Battery-powered cellular equipment must comply with UL1642;
    • Importers must confirm that the product fulfills the Israeli MoC regulations;
    • Product details and statement of compliance need to be presented to the MoC, The latter then issues a document showing the model numbers of all cellular equipment that the importer may import;
    • A certificate of encryption issued by the Israeli MoD (Ministry of Defense) is required.

    Please take further notice:

    • The cellular devices sold with power supply must be certified by the Standards Institute of Israel (SII) for safety and EMC & energy in standby (off mode).

  • Type Approval for Short Range Devices

    The Ministry of Transportation (MoT) in Bahrain transfered the reponsibility of short range devices type approval to a new authority called the Central Informatics & Communication Organization.

    The new authority limited type approval certificates to three years validity period. This new three years validity period applies to new Type Approvals as well as to applications for extensions of expired Type Approval certificates.

    However, Bahrain’s telecommunication regulatory authority (TRA) is still issuing Type Approvals for telecommunication product of a validity period of 6 months.


  • Additional Frequency Bands for Low Power Radio Equipment

    The Resolution SC No. 67 has been released 2012-08-14 by the Argentinan Ministerio de Planificación Federal, Inversión Pública y Servicios. According to this resolution, the following frequency bands were allocated for use by low power radio communications equipment:

    • 57.5 kHz - 67.5 kHz
    • 105 kHz - 135 kHz
    • 3.155 MHz - 3.400 MHz
    • 10.6 MHz
    • 13.553 MHz - 13.567 MHz
    • 88 MHz - 108 MHz
    • 138.20 MHz - 138.45 MHz
    • 216 MHz - 217 MHz
    • 310 MHz - 314 MHz
    • 402 MHz - 405 MHz
    • 433.075 MHz - 434.775 MHz
    • 902 MHz - 928 MHz
    • 2400 - 2483.5 MHz

  • CE Marking Accepted (for EMC and R&TTE)

    As of 2013-01-01, Montenegro's Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society will accept CE marked products for EMC and R&TTE.

    This new regulation (Official Gazette, No. 53/11) was published in the Montenegrian language on 2012-06-22. It will allow for products bearing the CE Mark to be imported into Montenegro without further Type Approval.

    Additional requirements are as follows: The manufacturer or dealer in Montenegro must

    • affix the CE mark to the device,
    • provide the User Manual in the Montenegrin language,
    • provide information on equipment specifications, information on the types of interfaces on which the equipment can be connected,
    • provide a warning about possible limits the use of radio equipment and / or the need to obtain required permission for the use of radio frequency spectrum and
    • provide a signed Declaration of Conformity (DoC) with essential requirements. In particular, the DoC must provide
      1. information about the device to which it relates, provided for in Article 11 paragraph 4 of the Ordinance;
      2. name and address of the manufacturer and the name and address of its agent;
      3. a list of standards which the equipment has been tested to;
      4. the DoC date of issuance;
      5. name and signature of the person authorized by the manufacturer, his authorized representative or the person responsible for placing the equipment on the market.

    If the R&TTE equipment falls outside of a EU-harmonized radio frequency range or is not in accordance with the frequency spectrum plan, the supplier must provide notification to the Ministry at least 30 days before placing the equipment on the market.


  • SAR Technical Requirements amended

    On 2012-06-25, the National Radio Research Agency (RRA) of South Korea amended the requirements for measurement and testing procedure of Specific Absorption Rate SAR, targeting among others portable wireless equipment used within 20cm of the human body.
    It shall come into force end of 2012. Details in Korean language can be found at http://www.rra.go.kr


  • LTE WiMax re-allocation

    The Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is working on the re-allocation of spectrum bands available for 4G services:

    2.3 GHz and 2.5/2.6 GHz bands will expire in 2015.
    900 MHz and 1800 MHz band assignments will expire in 2017.
    Despite the fact that 4G services are currently running in the existing bands and therefore a conflict is arising at the development stage, IDA decided not to re-allocate 900 MHz bands for the time being.

    For the use of LTE or WiMax the below bands are under discussion:

    • 14 lots of paired spectrum (2x5 MHz per lot) in the 1800 MHz band;
    • 8 lots of paired spectrum (2x5 MHz per lot) in the 2.5 GHz band;
    • 6 lots of spectrum (10MHz per lot) in the 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz.

    Spectrum caps are suggested, of up to 2x45 MHz of spectrum in full for 1800 MHz and 2.5 GHz band paired categories. The consultation also suggest 2x20 MHz in the 2.5 GHz band, for which only new candidates may place a bid.

    In 2021, the 2.1 GHz spectrum for 3G mobile will expire.
    700/800 MHz spectrum is not expected to be longer available.


  • Updated Labelling Requirements for Radio Devices

    Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) recently revised its labeling regulations to accommodate smaller devices with size restrictions.

    More simplified labelling is allowed as below:

    1. Simplification of the Certification number - Under the prior scheme, the label code was comprised of the CAB code (first three digits), followed by reference to the category of the specified radio (WW) and a 10-digit certification number given by the CAB. Under the new scheme, the category of the specified radio (WW) is no longer required to be printed on the label and the certification number given by the CAB has dropped from 10 to 6 digits.
    2. Use of electronic label - For devices with a screen, such as a phone, the label can be displayed on the screen instead of being printed on a physical label on the device.

    These changes come in addition to another recent change which allows CABs to issue a single certification number to cover a product with multiple radios, where previously separate certification numbers would have been granted instead.

    Source: MIC


  • New Modular Approval Rules enforced

    The authority in Brunei, Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI), have informed that from 2012-08-12 on, modular approval will no longer cover end-products or host devices in Brunei.

    For the market access, each host device model requires its own Type Approval certificate.

    Modular approval for standalone modules imported to Brunei is still possible.



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