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.
SUBTEL informed that the 700 MHz band is now available for LTE services. The current Type Approval requirements remain valid.
ColombiaExpanding 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.
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.
MexicoWiFi and Bluetooth: Temporary Standard Extended
NOM-121, the Mexican standard for WiFi and Bluetooth, expired 2015-10-19. A temporary standard, NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015, was issued by the Secretary of Economy, expiring 2016-04-21. The Secretary of Economy has now extended the validity of this temporary standard for six more months, ending 2016-10-21.
Testing parameters will not change. However, all certifications against the interim standard NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015 will need to be updated to the new NOM standard by separate application.