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Regulatory News dated Q3/2013
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.
- 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:
- during the power up of the device,
- in the device system information page,
- in the device help menu of the device.
Beginning in September 2013, South Korea's National Radio Research Agency (RRA) Public Notice number 2013-29 will be implemented for the purpose of frequency spectrum harmonization. Below is an overview of the changes:
- 20 MHz bandwidth requirements for 1710~1745 MHz, 1805~1840 MHz, 500~2540 MHz, and 2620~2660 MHz that utilize OFDMA and SC FDMA enacted;
- Revised 5 MHz and 10 MHz bandwidth requirements for 1710~1745 MHz, 1805~1840 MHz, 2500~2540 MHz, and 2620~2660 MHz, which utilize OFDMA and SC FDMA;
- Modified spectrum requirements of the wireless broadband WIBRO standard to avoid interference in adjacent bandwidth, and to revise unwanted emission requirements of the transmitter;
- Alignment with the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard specifications.
New spectrum 800 MHz band released in UAE for mobile broadband.
UAE's TRA also sees growing importance of the 700 MHz band in Asia and worldwide as the ITU promotes uniform allocation of radio frequency bands across the different regions. ITU also designated the 800 MHz band for mobile broadband and desaster relief - UAE follows this recommandation by freeing analog TV frequencies in 700 MHz to 800 MHz for mobile use until end of 2013.
SDPPI has specified the rules for modular approvals for the transition period until end 2013:
- if the module is imported to Indonesia as module proper (without host), modular approval suffices
- If the module will be imported into Indonesia installed in a computer (eg laptop), modular approval should be obtained and host must approved separately (without local testing but by paper based approval).
- for modules in hosts other than PC need host level approval and local testing.
More changes are expected to come.