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Regulatory News dated Q2/2019

  • VHF/UHF Technical Standards

    Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) issued two VHF/UHF Technical Standards which became effective on April 3rd, 2019:

    • NBTC TS 1024-2561 for Radiocommunication Equipment Used in Land Mobile Service in the VHF/UHF Frequency Band for Speech and/or Data Communications (Digital).
    • NBTC TS 1001-2561 for Radiocommunication Equipment Used in Land Mobile Service in VHF/UHF Bands for Speech Communications (Analog).

    Main amendments are channel spacing, conducted spurious emissions, frequency deviation, maximum usable sensitivity, and electrical safety requirements.

    Stated standards define the minimum technical characteristics of radiocommunications equipment for land mobile service in the VHF/UHF bands for data and/or for digitised speech communications in the 30-960 MHz frequency band with channel spacing of 6.25 kHz and/or 12.5 kHz > radiocommunication equipment used for base stations, mobile stations, and hand portable stations.

    Electrical safety requirements for radiocommunication equipment which is used in land mobile service in the VHF/UHF frequency bands for analogue speech communications shall comply with any of the following standards:

    • IEC 60950-1: Information Technology Equipment-Safety-Part 1: General Requirements
    • TIS 1561-2013: Information Technology Equipment-Safety: General Requirements
    • IEC 62368-1: Audio/video, Information and Communication Technology Equipment-Part 1: Safety Requirements

    Type Approval Certificates based on the old standards will remian valid. Import or sell of UHF products using channel spacing 25kHz will not be permitted starting from January 1, 2021 > from 25kHz to 12.5kHz.

    Official documents:

    http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2562/E/001/T_0013.PDF

    http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2562/E/001/T_0012.PDF


  • Amendment to N° 355 as of 31.05.2019

    In accordance with the 3rd paragraph of the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as of 24.05.2017 N° 355 and its implementation until 31.12.2019, the technical regulations of radio equipment (TE RE) - approved by resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 24.05.2017 N° 355 - DOES NOT apply to radio equipment installed and intended for use as a part of wheeled vehicles.

    The Technical Regulation applies to radio equipment intended for use as a part of structure of wheeled vehicles, but not to installed parts on wheeled vehicles.

    Conclusion; it only allpies to parts which available separately from vehicles.

    If the radio equipment that is intended for use as a part of wheeled vehicles was implemented for use before 01.04.2018 and meets the requirements of the technical regulations for radio equipment and telecommunication end user (terminal) equipment approved by the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 24.06.2009 N° 679, in that case the introduction into the market and the usage of such radio equipment is to be carried out without restrictions, provided that no changes have been done with regard to the structure and/or software that affects the essential requirements defined by paragraph 6-8 of the TR RE.

    Where changes have been carried out, the manufacturer must carry out a conformity assessment of the radio equipment, in order to confirm its compliance with the essential requirements indicated in paragraph 6-8 of the TR RE.


  • MIC updates several regulations

    MIC - Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications published regulation updates that become effective from July 1, 2019:

    • QCVN 117:2018/BTTTT: National technical regulation on Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) User Equipment (UE) - Radio Access. Issued on April 13, 2018, this Vietnamese national standard is based on ETSI EN 301 908-13 V11.1.1 (2016-07) and ETSI EN 301 908-1 V11.1.1 (2016-07) and replaces QCVN 47:2015/BTTTT as radio access requirements for 4G/LTE terminal devices.
    • QCVN 118:2018/BTTTT: Technical Regulation on Electromagnetic Compatibility of Multimedia Equipment (include ITE and AV) - Emission Requirements. Issued on May 25, 2018, this Vietnamese national standard establishes technical requirements to provide an adequate level of protection for the radio spectrum ensuring the radio services are able to properly operate in the frequency range 9 kHz – 400 GHz. It also specifies test procedures to ensure the reproducibility of measurement and the repeatability of results. This Vietnamese national standard is composed based on CISPR 32:2015 RLV and CISPR 32:2015/COR1:2016 and replaces TCVN 7189:2009 and TCVN 7600:2010.
    • QCVN 66:2018/BTTTT: National technical regulation on repeater for W-CDMA FDD.This Vietnamese national standard replaces QCVN 66:2013/BTTTT as requirement for 3G W-CDMA FDD Repeater.
    • QCVN 16:2018/BTTTT: National technical regulation on base stations for W-CDMA FDD. This Vietnamese national standard replace QCVN 16:2010/BTTTT as requirement for 3G W-CDMA FDD Base Station.

    Source:

    http://mic.gov.vn/Upload_Moi/VanBan/TT05-2018BTTTT.signed.pdf

    http://mic.gov.vn/Upload_Moi/VanBan/TT-06-2018BTTTT.signed.pdf

    http://mic.gov.vn/Upload_Moi/VanBan/TT-08-2018.SIGNED.PDF

    http://mic.gov.vn/Pages/VanBan/14138/02_2018_TT-BTTTT.html


  • RusAccreditation inspects certification institutions

    RusAccreditation, the Russian Accreditation Authority (Federal Service for Accreditation) has carries out inspections of the operations of Russian accredited Certification Bodies and testing laboratories with regard to potential violations.

    In the course of January and February 2019, about 225 inspections were performed by the authority.

    The inspections were conducted in order to:

    • Eliminate non-compliance with accreditation criteria
    • Assess the implementation of previously issued regulations
    • Disclose potential outrages by accredited institutions

    As a result of the inspection of certification authorities 15 accreditation body received temporary injunctions in order to fix violations. 10 accreditation body were suspended. 6 accreditations of organizations were terminated, etc.

    2 accreditation bodies were closed due to the non-elimination of inconsistencies in the accreditation criteria revealed during the procedure for the confirmation of competence.

    RusAccreditation and the Russian supervision authorities continue to conduct considerable work in order to prevent the circulation of potentially hazardous products into the Russian market along with the elimination of insure participants.

    Source: Decree N 300 ; Legistation


  • Update Exenta 1985 - bands open

    Subtel in Chile has released an update to Exenta 1985 in the Diario Oficial de la Republica de Chile. The main changes are summarized below:

    1. The EIRP limit for the 5150-5250 MHz bands is now 250 mW EIRP for general use
    2. Test reports leveraged for the Subtel type approval process must have a minimum of two international laboratory accreditation marks present on at least one page of every test report in order to meet Subtel’s quality requirement.
    3. The following bands have been opened for use by IoT applications:
    • 433,05-434-79 MHz - 10 mW
    • 868,175 - 868,375 MHz - 25 mW
    • 915 - 928 MHz - 500 mW
    • 2.400 - 2.483,5 MHz - 1W
    • 5.250 - 5.350 MHz - 1W
    • 5.470 - 5.725 MHz - 1W
    • 5.725 - 5.850 MHz - 1W

    Source: https://www.diariooficial.interior.gob.cl/publicaciones/2019/05/07/42347/01/1586102.pdf


  • MIIT implemented requirements for SRRC approvals

    Started in March 2019, products which habe been type approved by SRRC (State Radio Regulatory Commission) shall follow a so-called sales reporting process.

    All SRRC-approved products including SRRC-approved modules are subject to this requirement. The only exception are the short-range micro-power devices. A re-registration is not required, if they have been approved before.

    Vendors (if a product has numerous resellers, each of them has to go for a separate registration), importers, local representative, manufacturers (only applicable, if they sell to their clients directly) or online sales companies are required to register within 10 working days after selling the product. A local Chinese company is required to register at the MIIT via its web portal.

    Where a device has been registered at MIIT, a registration number & a QR code are issued. The registration number & QR code shall be attached at a visible location in the distribution store or on the website (in case the product is sold online). If there is no store or website, the vendor shall keep the registration number and QR code properly. The customers may scan the QR code in order to obtain information with respect to the product and its SRRC certification.

    Source: http://www.srrc.org.cn/article22453.aspx


  • WLAN device other than 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz

    SDPPI issued the announcement number 250/KOMINFO/DJSDPPI/SP.04.03/03/2019 stating how devices can be launched on the market which operate in frequency bands other than 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz.

    At present, SDPPI explains there are only specifications which regulate the usage of frequency bands of 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz in Indonesia.

    Thus, in order to apply for a Type Approval Homologation with regard to telecommunication devices, the applicant should provide a declaration letter ensuring that:

    - Frequency bands other than 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz will be deactivated in the device before placing on the market of Indonesia.

    Where the device does not meet the above stated requirements of the applicable regulation, the applicant will be imposed with sanctions.

    Source: https://sertifikasi.postel.go.id/home/news?id=49


  • New Marking Requirements

    Following the new EMC and LVD regulations in Morocco, the conformity mark has become mandatory.

    The Label shall be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly to the apparatus or to its data plate.

    Where that is not possible or not warranted, it shall be affixed to the packaging and to the accompanying documents.

    The mark format is here available: Label Information

    Important: the vertical dimension for the letter C should be smaller than 6mm.

    Wireless and Telecom products will need the ANRT Label and the new EMC/LVD label.

    For further information, please use the following link:

    http://www.mcinet.gov.ma/pdf/BO_6218_Fr-marquage.pdf


  • Draft technical regulation on electromagnetic compatibility

    The new technical regulation is based on ETSI EN 301 489-52 V1.1.0 (2016-11).
    This draft National Technical Regulation specifies technical requirements on EMC for User Equipment (UEs) and ancillary equipment operated on mobile networks. This draft national technical regulation does not cover technical requirements related to antenna port and emissions from the enclosure port of radio equipment. This draft national technical regulation includes following provisions:

    1. General provisions

    2. Technical requirements

    • 2.1. Emission
    • 2.2. Immunity
    • 2.3. Test conditions
    • 2.4. Performance assessment
    • 2.5. Performance criteria

    3. Regulatory requirements

    4. Obligation of organizations and individuals

    5. Implementation Annex A (normative): CDMA Direct Spread Performance assessment voice call. Audio breakthrough. Annex B (normative): CDMA Direct Spread Performance assessment of data transfer call. Error Ratios Annex C (informative): Examples of cellular mobile and portable radio and ancillary equipment Bibliography This National technical regulation is intended to supersede current National technical standards (QCVN 86:2015/BTTTT and QCVN 18:2014/BTTTT) for GSM, WCDMA, E-UTRA, LTE User Equipment and ancillary equipment.

    Source: http://mic.gov.vn/mra/Pages/TinTuc/102415/Du-thao-Qui-chuan-ky-thuat-quoc-gia-- de-lay-y-kien-gop-y-.html


  • New NOM requirements - UPDATE of certificates necessary

    Based on to the publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) by the Ministry of Economy (SE) October 23, 2018 and the respective extension as of February 28, 2019 (which modifies the Rules and General Criteria in matters of Foreign Trade) the following is valid:

    The new regulations state the certification of products for NOM Safety or more precisely, the changes in the rules for the entry of these products into Mexico.

    Starting from June 3, 2019 (according to the attached statement of the SE), all certificates which are presented at customs must also include the Mexican HS code assigned by the customs agent in charge of processing the release of their shipment. Certificates which do not have the HS Code cannot be used for the release of products. You can find more information in the following:

    link: https://www.snice.gob.mx/cs/avi/snice/noms.cumplimiento.html


  • 77 GHz - Declaration of Conformity

    Cuba's Ministerio de la Informática y las Comunicaciones 'MINCOM' issues Declarations of Conformity for 77 GHz devices based on technical documentation evaluations.

    Local tests are not required for the above stated devices.

    The Declaration of Conformity has a validity period of 5 years.

    Source: Receipt of DoCs from MINCOM


  • SDPPI - Recognition of international test reports

    SDPPI published a new announcement namely „KEPDIRJEN POSTEL No. 138 Year 2019“ with respect to International Test Laboratory Recognition for Cellular Phones, Handheld Computer and Tablet Computers.

    The announcement states that SDPPI has recognized international laboratories for cellular phone, handheld computer, and tablet computer products.

    Applicants who apply for SDPPI certification for cellular phones, handheld computer and tablet computer products, local tests will not be performed. Test reports from international laboratories will be recognized. List of recognized laboratories by SDPPI can be found in the first attachment of "KEPDIRJEN POSTEL No. 138 Year 2019".

    Furthermore, SDPPI issued an additional official announcement namely "394/DJSDPPI/SP.04.09/04/201" confirming that this new announcement is only valid for mobile phone, handheld computer, and tablets.

    For other devices which do not belong to that classification local tests have to be performed in order to obtain a SDPPI certification.

    Attachement: https://tamsys.org/file/t71CpTgWfkZAlTdMgS98jSc91qWBs6HIso-VtSNLzfljqq3/KEPDIRJEN-POSTEL-No.-138-Year-2019.pdf


  • NBTC - amendments in TA process for cellular devices

    Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced amendments in the type approval process for cellular devices.

    The decision is based on the technical standard NBTC TS 1027-2560 for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) using the E-UTRA technology (Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access) which is a technical standard for LTE equipment.

    Main points:

    - This requirement is effective upon the verbal announcement

    - LTE LAA/eLAA Band 46 will be opened and the NBTC demands to submit test reports for Band 46 for all WWAN devices.

    - As for test reports, NBTC, by the same token, defined related test standards:

    For LAA Band 46 (receiver only): ETSI TS 136 101 (3GPP TS 36.101) version 13.2.0 or later.

    For eLAA Band 46 (transmitters and receivers): ETSI TS 136 101 (3GPP TS 36.101) version 14.4.0 or later.

    Source: https://www.tele.soumu.go.jp/e/adm/freq/search/share/plan.htm


  • Labelling - Renewal

    According to the Telecommunication Authority in Paraguay 'CONATEL', the following labelling rules shall be applied:

    - Devices which have been imported to Paraguay prior to the renewal process, may remain the initial homologation number on the label

    - Devices which have been imported to Paraguay after the renewal process, shall have the renewal homologation number on the label

    It is not possible to obtain the renewal homologation number prior to the issuance of the actual renewal certificate.

    Source: attached file


  • CRA issues a public consultation for Wireless Home Area Networks

    The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) launched a public consultation for the proposed Class License for Wireless Home Area Networks (WHANs). The aim of the consultation is to receive views and comments on the content of the Class License from multi-stakeholders including consumers, telecom service providers, or suppliers and manufacturer of Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) no later than May 21st 2019.

    The proposed Class License for Wireless Home Area Networks covers Smart Home Area Systems to enable the automation of electrical home appliances, wireless alert and sensors, as well as lighting automation systems.

    Consumers, stakeholders and other interested parties are invited to provide their views and comments in response to the content in this consultation. Comments should be submitted by email to (type.approval@cra.gov.qa ) or (spectrumaffairs@cra.gov.qa ). The subject reference in the email should be stated as “Consultation on Class License for Wireless Home Area Networks (WHAN)”.

    Details of the consultation can be viewed through the following links:

    http://www.cra.gov.qa/en/news/cra-publishes-consultation-proposed-class-license-wireless-home-area-networks

    http://www.cra.gov.qa/en/document/cra-issues-public-consultation-proposed-class-license-wireless-home-area-networks-whan


  • Russian national holidays

    Please be informed that Russian type approvals might be delayed in May due to the national holidays.

    Authorities will be closed from 1st - 6th of May and then from 9th to 12th May.


  • Deadline EXTENDED until 31.12.2019

    Ukraine has introduced amendments to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated May 24, 2017 No. 355 "On Approval of the Technical Regulation of Radio Equipment".

    Issued decree states that the DEADLINE for type approvals pursuant to the Technical Regulation of Radio Equipment has been extended until 31.12.2019 for vehicle components.

    The additional paragraph states the following: To establish that until December 31, 2019, the operation of the Technical Regulation approved by this Resolution does not apply to radio equipment that is installed and intended for use as part of the construction of wheeled vehicles.

    The amendment applies to vehicle radio equipments only and is valid for products which have already been approved pursuant to the previous RF TR.

    https://www.kmu.gov.ua/ua/npas/pro-vnesennya-zmin-do-postanovi-kabinetu-ministriv-ukrayini-vid-24-travnya-2017-r-355


  • New Requirements for Wireless Device Testing Laboratories

    Since 15th of March 2019 the Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada (ISED) has published the "Decision on New Requirements for Wirelees Device Testing Laboratories".

    The increasing complexity of the equipment and the intricacies of the regulatory requirements demand more technical expertise from stakeholders involved in the conformity assessment process. Accredited testing laboratories (by ISED) generally submit higher quality test reports, therefore providing greater confidence in the competencies of these testing laboratories to perform compliance assessments to domestic technical rules.

    Here the link of the Decision: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf11322.html


  • Main changes Safety Standard IEC EN 62368-1 in edition 3

    Already on November 11th, 2018 we have published the news with respect to the edition 3 of the new European Safety Standard IEC EN 62368-1. The following summary abstracts the main changes compared to the second edition:

    Within IEC 62368-1 ed.2, the requirements for outdoor enclosures relied on IEC 62950-22. Since the IEC 60950-1 is superseded by IEC 62368-1, the next step was to eliminate the dependency to IEC 60950-22 and integrated the requirements into edition 3 of IEC 62368-1.

    Thus, all equipment under test having an outdoor enclosure, will be subjected to the appropriate tests. There are tests concerning resistance to UV radiation and corrosion; suitability of gaskets; protection from moisture, excessive dust, plants and vermin; mechanical strength of enclosures at low temperatures.

    With respect to the requirements for optical energy sources, IEC 62368-1 ed.2 included laser, lamps and LEDs. Edition 3 refines these requirements to suite the new needs. For lasers, their corresponding product standards are stated, such as IEC 60825-1, -2, and -12. Lamps and lamp systems (including LEDs) are evaluated pursuant to IEC 62471:2006. As a new addition, image projectors (beamers) are as well.

    Besides the old requirements which classified the maximum sound pressure only, now analogue and digital output requirements were added. As a possible second approach, a dose based measurement is introduced. The value for the calculated sound dose (CSD) is based on the EU Commission Decision 2009/490/EC, which describes a safe zone of sound below 80 dB(A) per 40h. Though both approaches can be used side by side, the dose base measurement may replace the sound pressure measurement in the future.

    Special requirements for wireless power transmitters (Qi, Powermat, etc.) are introduced for the first time. During the test sequence, it is examined, if a metallic foreign object can keep its cold, where placed in the field. Throughout the test, it shall not exceed 70°C in order to pass the test.

    Source: IEC EN 62368-1


  • Technical requirements of restricted radio communication devices

    On March 1st 2019, Brazil’s Regulatory Authority (ANATEL) published Act No. 1379.

    An update to the Technical Requirements for Conformity Assessment of Restricted Radiocommunication Equipment, which follows the same limits of FCC.

    There were some changes on items 6.2.5, 13.1 and 13.1.1 of Annex I to Act No. 14.448 of December 4,2017 regarding specific conditions of use of the periodic operation device with periodic transmission characteristics and the limit of the electric field strength of the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) in the 13 MHz band:

    1. 6.2.5. Periodic transmissions at predetermined regular intervals are only permissible in supervisory or scan transmissions to determine the systemic integrity of transmitters used in safety applications. In this case, the periodic transmission rate shall not exceed 2 (two) seconds of duration per hour for each transmitter.

    2. 13.1. Radio Frequency Identification Systems (RFID) operating in the bands 119 – 135 kHz, 13.11 – 13.36 MHz, 13.41 – 14.01 MHz, 433.5 – 434.5 MHz, 860 – 869 MHz, 894-898.5 MHz, 902-907.5 MHz, 915-928 MHz, 2,400 – 2,483.5 MHz and 5,725 – 5,850 MHz shall meet the limits defined in table V under following link:

    http://www.anatel.gov.br/legislacao/atos-de-requisitos-tecnicos-de-certificacao/2019/1244-ato-1379

    3. 13.1.1. The field strength limits shall be measured using the mean detector and at the band transition radio frequencies, the most restrictive field strength value shall be applied.

    This Act shall enter into force on the date of its publication in the Anatel Electronic Service Bulletin


  • New standard specifications

    The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has published new radio standards specification (RSS-130 Issue 2 replacing Issue 1) for equipment operating in the frequency bands 617-652 MHz, 663-698 MHZ, 689-756 MHz and 777-787 MHz.

    The main changes are listed below:

    • Add the frequency bands 617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz and the related requirements to the standard.

    • Add a provision for a transition period regarding RSS-130 issue 1.

    • Change equipment’s equivalent isotopically radiated power (e.i.r.p.) to effective radiated power (e.r.p.).

    • Clarify that the equipment’s unwanted emission limit shall be met at the highest and lowest frequency of the frequency block range that contains the equipment operating frequencies.

    • Clarify that equipment’s measurement shall be performed only with the carrier frequency set at the lowest frequency and highest frequency in each frequency bands.

    • Add guidance on determining the occupied bandwidth when measuring frequency stability limits for equipment able to transmit numerous channels simultaneously.

    • Remove measurement section on multiple antennas since the measurement method is defined in ANSI C63.26, American National Standard for Compliance Testing of Transmitters Used in Licensed Radio Service (referenced in RSS-Gen, General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus).

    Full text in English can be download here:

    https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/vwapj/RSS-130-i2-2019-02EN.pdf/$FILE/RSS-130-i2-2019-02EN.pdf

    Full text in French can be download here:

    https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/vwapj/RSS-130-i2-2019-02FR.pdf/$FILE/RSS-130-i2-2019-02FR.pdf


  • IFT Closed Days

    Please note that the Federal Institute of Telecommunication (IFT) will be closed from 15th of April to 19th of April 2019 due to the Easter season, resuming its activities on Monday 22nd of April 2019.


  • Changing Process to Electronic Certification of Conformity

    Since 11th of February the Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM QAS) has introduced the electronic Certificate of Conformity (eCOC).

    Until 11th August a transitional period will be granted to the applicants to have the option to receive the hard copy version or the new eCOC, which will be created with a QR code for identification and traceability.

    Source:

    https://ecomm.sirim.my/Announcement_Details.aspx?a=170


  • Self-Declaration for some wireless equipment

    The WPC (Wireless Planning Coordination), of India, has lately released on the gazette from 23th of February a new policy for ETA (Equipment Type Approval) through Self-Declaration Scheme, WPC Approval is a mandatory requirement for all wireless radio modules (Transceivers, Transmitters and Receivers).

    The categories for wireless equipment in license exempted bands:

    Smart Phones, mobile handsets, notepads, laptops, smart watches, short range devices (including accessories, microphones, speakers, headphones, earphones, printers, scanners, cameras) etc. which operate in license exempted bands as per Indian National Frequency Allocation Plan(NFAP):

    http://wpc.dot.gov.in/WriteReadData/Orders/ETA%20through%20Self%20declaration%20for%20Certain%20Categories%20of%20Wires%20Equipment%20dt%2026-02-2019.PDF



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