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Regulatory News dated Q3/2019

  • ACMA is seeking comments on amendments

    The ACMA is seeking comment on proposed amendments to the electromagnetic energy (EME) arrangements to ensure requirements are applicable for 5G equipment.

    We are proposing to amend the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Standard 2014 to ensure equipment that will be operating on frequencies up to 6 GHz is tested in accordance with the latest international measurement standards and is compliant with labelling requirements for Australia's EME standards.

    The ACMA Standard usually automatically adopts such variations to the international standards, but minor changes to the titles of the international standards on this occasion mean that to avoid any doubt as to the application of those standards we propose to amend the ACMA Standard.

    The ACMA is also proposing to amend the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2015 to ensure the EME arrangements for equipment and the EME licence conditions on transmitters operate as intended.

    The proposed amendments will ensure that the latest international test methodologies are adopted, and to avoid any doubt about the equipment arrangements, including device labelling requirements, and licence conditions.

    Full details can be found on the ACMA website. The consultation is open for submissions until COB, Friday 13 September 2019.

    Source: https://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/amendments-to-eme-arrangements?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Proposed%20amendments%20to%20EME%20arrangements&utm_content=Proposed%20amendments%20to%20EME%20arrangements+CID_35cab32c3f51ae291e3c5520bce8551f&utm_source=SendEmailCampaigns&utm_term=seeking%20comment


  • Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1345

    The EU Commission has issued the Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1345 of 2 August 2019 amending Decision 2006/771/EC updating harmonised technical conditions in the area of radio spectrum use for short-range devices:

    Main updates are:

    • Categories of short-range devices snd their scope
    • Frequency bands with corresponding harmonised technical conditions and implementation deadlines for short-range devices

    For more details please use following link to the official journal


  • Electrical devices within the Customs Union

    Electrical devices shall comply with technical requirements within the Customs Union in order to be launched on the market.

    Since EAEU technical regulations include mandatory requirements for safety aspects, the requirements of the EAEU technical regulations can be met by the application of relevant standards.

    General Technical Regulations particularly relevant to electrical products are:

    • EAEU TR 004/2011 on the safety of low-voltage equipment

    • EAEU TR 020/2011 on the electromagnetic compatibility of technical means

    • EAEU TR 010/2011 on the safety of machinery and equipment

    • EAEU TR 037/2016 on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

    No matter, if products are subject to conformity assessment according to the technical regulation EAEU TR 004/2011, they might be subject to other regulations as well, such as TR 020/2011 “On electromagnetic compatibility of technical devices”.

    Note that the applicant for the conformity assessment procedure against EAEU TRs can only be a legal entity or a person that is registered in EAEU member countries.

    Please keep in mind that some categories of electrical products have further national requirements within EAEU members countries.

    At the moment, there are no common regulations on these areas within the EAEU. Thus, some members countries use their national regulations.


  • IB-Lenhardt AG visits Jordan

    As part of IBLAG strategical approach of the enhancement relationship and evolvement with authorities, IBLAG CQO visited TRC Jordan in Amman and had 2 days meetings with Director of Technical department and his team.

    The visit came upon an initiative from IBLAG and an invitation from TRC to exchange experiences and to draw a road map for strategical development approach to improve customer experiences at both sides.

    The visit also included separate additional meetings with IBLAG local partners in Amman to assure the quality of our services.


  • General
    Festival of the Sacrifice Holidays

    Due to Festival of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha) in most Islamic countries authorities/ ministries are closed in cw 33/2019.

    Thus, delays in type approval certification procedures might occur.


  • ICASA begins a process to review Annexure B

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) controls, plans, administers and manages the use and licensing of the radio frequency spectrum in South Africa. In doing so, ICASA must, among others, comply with applicable standards and requirements of the International Telecommunications Union and its Radio Regulations as agreed to by the Republic, as well as the approved Radio Frequency Plan.

    According to applicable legislation, no person may transmit any signal by radio or use radio apparatus to receive any signal by radio without a radio frequency spectrum licence granted by ICASA in terms of the Electronic Communications Act.
    However, ICASA may further prescribe the radio frequency spectrum licence that may be used without a licence.
    It is against this background that ICASA intends to amend Annexure B of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations of 2015. The Annexure referred to relates to a list of radio apparatus that do not require a radio frequency spectrum licence.

    The decision to make amendments to the Annexure is prompted mainly by the need to, among others, encourage investment and innovation in the ICT sector, promote adoption of latest technological gadgets operating in the licence-free radio as well as frequency spectrum bands on a non-interference and zero protection basis from interference.

    In this regard, ICASA has published a notice of its intention to amend Annexure B in the Government Gazette where interested stakeholders are invited to submit written representations with regards to the proposed amendments by close of business on 06 September 2019.
    The notice can be found here: Linkt to notice
    Enquiries related to this process may be directed to Mr. Bethuel Nkgadime on email address, BNkgadime@icasa.org.za.


  • ANATEL suspend certification for earth station antennas

    On 26 th of July 2019 Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL)

    published Act 4478 (2019) revoking the Act 939 (2018).

    This new Act rearranges the technical requirements for conformity assessment for earth station antennas.

    This type of antenna does not need to be approved in Brazil anymore.

    Please use the following link for the details: Act 4478 (2019)


  • Reminder: TR 2018/024/BY

    Please be reminded that devices have to be approved in acc. with the TR/2018/024/BY - please see our news as of 2019/02/11.

    The main difference of TR/2018/024/BY from previous requirements (Resolution 849/2016) is mandatory marking (TR BY) and mandatory in-country testing.

    Belarus's Radio/Telecom Approval (in addition to CU EAC Certificate) is required in order launch devices on Belarus market.

    Both CU EAC DoC and Belarus's Radio/Telecom DoC are necessary in order to import and use the devices in Belarus.

    IS RADIO/TELECOM APPROVAL REQUIRED, IF A PRODUCT HAS ALREADY BEEN PLACED ON THE MARKET OF BELARUS

    If a product has an approval in accordance to the Resolution 849/2016, it is allowed to supply the product to Belarus market based on this approval (which was possible to receive before 01.01.2019) until the approval expiry date.


  • Armenian Market Access

    Armenia is a member of the EAEU (currently a total of 5 countries - Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan), nevertheless, apart from the EAEU technical regulations of the Customs Union there is a NATIONAL conformity assessment procedure which is based on the Decree N°2228 on the technical regulations of Radio and Telecommunications devices.

    The following devices are included for mandatory certification:

    • fax units
    • digital computing machines with a mass not exceeding 10kg and consisting a central processing unit, a keyboard, and a display
    • other computers
    • wireless handsets, cell phones, etc.
    • other phone equipment
    • base stations
    • machines for receiving, converting and transmitting or restoring voice, or other data including switching devices and routers
    • portable receivers for receiving call signals or messages and other devices
    • telephone answering systems
    • transmission devices as well as receivers-transmitter equipment
    • radio remote control equipment
    • analog and digital reading systems and other equipment

    Certificates are issued for 1 year.

    National marking/labeling information is available at IBLAG.


  • Regulatory Authority changed name

    Please be informed that, the official name and the logo of the former Syrian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SYTRA) have changed.

    The present name is Syrian Telecommunications & Post Regulatory Authority (SY-TPRA )

    The new name was communicated to the International Telecommunication Unit (ITU) on 25th of May 2019

    Important to know, that all certificates issued under SYTRA remain valid.

    Source: internal information Local representative


  • SUBTEL published the Resolution 855

    SUBTEL published the Resolution 855 which revised the Resolution No.1985/2017 on Short-Range Devices.

    Please also see out news as of 2019/06/04.

    1. Portable transceivers: frequencies were excluded, some were added:

    - 26.960 to 27.410 kHz

    - 40.66 to 40.70 MHz

    - 433.05 to 434.79 MHz

    - 462.40 to 462.740 MHz

    - 467.550 to 467.725 MHz

    - or at frequencies 49.830, 49.845, 49.860, 49.875, and 49.890 MHz

    2. Below frequency bands with corresponding EIRP characteristics for RFID are available:

    - 915 - 928 MHz with EIRP 500 mW

    - 913 - 919 MHz with EIRP 1W

    - 925 - 928 MHz with EIRP 1W

    Source: IBL local partner


  • IFT closed days

    Mexico's Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) will be closed for business from 2019-07-15 through 2019-07-26.

    No Type Approval applications will be able to be submitted to IFT for this period; pending applications are expected to be delayed accordingly.

    Source:

    http://dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5549009&fecha=28/01/2019


  • PNG publishes a notice

    NICTA *The National Information & Communications Technology Authority* of Papua New Guinea made an announcement with respect to the type approval of ICT equipment.

    It targets importers, distributors, and vendors of telecommunication, radio communication, and broadcasting equipment.

    NICTA centers special attention to the fact that equipment must pass the type approval procedure prior to its marketing in Papua New Guinea.

    The process is required to confirm that the equipment meets minimum regulatory and technical requirements. The type approval procedure reviews the following:

    • absence of interference in public communication networks

    • interfacing between customer equipment and ICT networks and interconnection between the networks

    • correspondence to national and international standards recognized by NICTA

    • safety aspects regarding the emissions from radio devices

    That strengthens the post-market surveillance and decreases the number of unsafe products on the market.

    Pursuant to the MOU signed with the PNG Customs, importers must provide a NICTA-issued Type Approval Certificate and shipment documentation to PNG Customs for customs clearance purposes.

    Source: IBLAG local partner


  • IB-Lenhardt AG goes to Cuba

    In July, IBL travelled to Cuba. In Havana, the Capital of Cuba, our specialist for Latin American countries from IBL's type approval team visited the authority Ministerio de Comunicaciones de Cuba (MINCOM) which is responsible for the issuance of the type approval certificates - where she was cordially and friendly received. Furthermore, IBL AG took the apportunity to attend a meeting at the national laboratory "Empresa de Servicios Profesionales y Técnicos" (ESAC) which is located in Havana as well.

    In essence, IBL had the chance to discuss all running projects personally. In addition, a road map was created in order to ameliorate and fasten up future type approval projects in order to optimize the application process and therefore, consistently provide first class service to IBL's customers.

    Thanks to today's communication capabilities, a fruitful collaboration over thousands of miles is certainly possible, nevertheless, a face-to-face encounter and IBL's personal appearance took the professional relationship to another level.


  • Anatel published public consultations

    Please be informed that ANATEL has published the following Public Consultations:

    · Public Consultation #27/2019: This public consultation contains a proposal to update the technical requirements applicable to product conformity assessment of 75-ohm flexible coaxial cable with aluminum wire twist.

    · Public Consultation #33/2019: This public consultation contains a proposal to update the Technical Requirements for the evaluation of the technical conformity of the underground optical terminal box.

    · Public Consultation #34/2019: This public consultation contains a proposal for updating the Technical Requirements for the evaluation of the technical conformity of the Air Optical Terminal Box.

    The completed texts of those proposals are available at ANATEL’s library and at ANATEL’s web page (https://sistemas.anatel.gov.br/sacp/). The public consultations mentioned above will remain available for 10 days.

    The justifications for the Public Consultations publication can be found in the records of the following ANATEL’s SEI cases:

    53500.020693/2019-09 - Public Consultation #27/2019.

    53500.019850/2019-25 - Public Consultation #23/2019.

    53500.067849/2017-45 - Public Consultation #34/2019.


  • New Type Approval Regime incl. new Labeling

    TRA (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) of UAE has published a *New Type Approval Regime* stating the main following amendments:

    Three Conformity Compliance forms have been established:

    First level: Declaration of Conformity

    Second Level: General Equipment Registration

    Third level: Advance Equipment Registration

    It is possible to apply for Declaration of Conformity in case when telecommunications equipment can be deemed as equipment of low risk and priority where approval is granted based on: General description of the Equipment and a copy of the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity.

    General Equipment Registration: This level shall apply to Telecommunications Equipment of medium risk and priority, where the Registered Manufacturer or Importer of Telecommunications Equipment provides proof of conformity with the Technical Standards and essential requirements on the basis of submitted technical test reports issued by an ILAC-certified lab, or based on a certificate of conformity issued by one of TRA's certification entities. If the certified test report is not available, TRA may, at the applicant's expense, perform Equipment testing or request Equipment testing in a recognized testing lab.

    Advance Equipment Registration: This type of registration is required for telecommunications equipment of high risk and priority. Apart from the confirmation that the product meets the essential requirements of the relevant standards, The Manufacturer or Importer of Telecommunications Equipment shall provide a sample of the Telecommunications Equipment to be approved under this level as part of the mandatory Type Approval requirements.

    TRA Technical Standards:

    • The TRA shall publish Technical Standards required in Telecommunications Equipment. If the there are no specifications, the TRA shall decide on the possibility of approving the relevant Equipment on a case-by-case basis.
    • Unless otherwise announced by the TRA, an update or new release of Technical Standards shall not invalidate existing Equipment registration.

    TRA Declaration of Conformity Card

    The Registered Manufacturer or Importer of Telecommunications Equipment shall provide the TRA Declaration of Conformity Card (Type Approval Regime Conformity Mark) on the Equipment box in a clear, readable and non-removable format before offering, selling or making the Equipment available in the UAE market. The TRA Declaration of Conformity Card shall be placed under the display platform of Telecommunications Equipment in retail stores in a way that is clear readable to users.

    Example of TRA Declaration of Conformity Card is available at IBLAG.

    Source: TRA official document > new policy documentation


  • Update - List of exempted radio devices

    The authority in Macau has expanded the list of radio devices which are exempted from type approval.

    Now, UWB devices, operating in the frequency bands 4.2-4.8 GHz and 6.8-8.5 GHz (power limited to max. -41.3 dBm/MHz)* are listed.

    *Average Power Spectral Density

    Official exemption List



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