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Regulatory News dated Q4/2021

  • BrazilANATEL released letter nº 233/2021

    ANATEL issued letter n° 233/2021 on 26 November 2021, providing information on flexibilities in the renewal process. For certificates expiring on or before 31 July 2022, manufacturers may initiate renewals without submitting samples and full technical documentation. Upon request, IBL can contact the OCD to review the requirements for your specific renewal.

    Source: Official document


  • ChinaInterim provision for 76-79 GHz automotive radar

    On 6 December 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published the regulation “Interim Provisions on the radio administration of automotive radar”. From 1 March 2022, 76-79 GHz radars will require SRRC approval prior to importation. Here you can find the regulation. So far only the Chinese version is available.

    Source: Official link


  • MalaysiaCertification of 6 GHz frequency band for Wi-Fi prohibited

    Malaysian authority SIRIM QAS International announced that currently, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is checking the possible use of 6 GHz frequency band for Wi-Fi. For this reason, certification of the 6 GHz frequency band for Wi-Fi is no longer permitted with immediate effect.

    The applicant for type approval must ensure that the 6 GHz frequency is disabled on devices supporting this frequency prior to application, which is verified by the SIRIM RF&EMCT laboratory.

    The approval and import of equipment operating in the 6 GHz frequency band is also prohibited for the time being, provided it has a Special Approval (Company and Individual (SA & CL)).

    Source: Official link


  • CanadaPublic consultation SPR-ADP for RF Exposure of 6 GHz devices

    In addition to the newly published RSS-248, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) gathers opinions on the public consultation: SPR-APD, Issue 1 “Supplementary Procedure for Assessing Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and Absorbed Power Density (APD) Compliance of Portable Devices in the 6 GHz Band (5925-7125 MHz)”.

    This supplementary procedure intends to describe the technical requirements and processes needed to demonstrate compliance with SAR and APD limits for portable devices operating in the 6 GHz band.

    Interested parties are invited to submit comments via the contact form by 31 January 2022. Relevant questions can also be sent to the following e-mail address: consultationradiostandards-consultationnormesradio@ised-isde.gc.ca.


  • ChinaMIIT updates regulations on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands

    The Ministry of Industry and Information Technlogy (MIIT) has published the updated regulation No. 129-2021 titled “Notice of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Strengthening and Regulating the Radio Management of the 2400 MHz, 5100 MHz and 5800 MHz Frequency Bands“, mainly affecting WIFI devices.

    The main new features of the notice are the required support for the IPv6 address assignment and the introduction of adaptativity requirements similar to the requirements in EN 300 328 and EN 301 893.

    This notice comes into effect 1 January 2022 with a transition period until 15 October 2023, during which applicatons based on previous regulations may be still accepted or renewed.

    Sources:


  • CanadaISED published RSS-248 for 6 GHz devices

    On 19 November 2021, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) published Issue 1 of RSS-248 on its website. The Radio Standard Specification defines the certification, technical and operational requirements for licence-exempt low-power indoor RLAN devices operating in the 5925 - 7125 MHz frequency band.

    RSS-248 entered into force on the date of online publication.

    Source: ISED website


  • AustraliaPublic consultation on future use of the 1.9 GHz band

    On 17th November 2021, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) informed about the public consultation regarding the use of the 1880 – 1920 MHz band.

    Due to increasing interest by current and potential new users, the discussion paper aims to review the band in order to seek feedback on current or alternative uses of the band. Furthermore, possible planning scenarios as well as potential coexistence issues and arrangements are being examined.

    Interested stakeholders are invited to submit feedback until 21st January 2022 online, by post or via e-mail.

    Source: Link to the consultation


  • United Arab EmiratesTRA updated name and internet presence

    The authority in the United Arab Emirates, formerly known as Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has recently changed their name to Telecommunication and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA).

    Furthermore, TDRA has also redesigned their website. As a result, a UAEPass account is required to continue using the online services.

    Please contact your designated IB-Lenhardt contact person for support.

    Source: Internal research


  • BeninReminder: type approval is mandatory

    On 20 October 2021, L'Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste (ARCEP) issued a communiqué on the approval of telecommunications equipment in Benin, reminding that all telecommunications equipment imported into Benin must be approved by ARCEP.
    Sanctions may be imposed if unauthorised equipment is imported into Benin after 31 December 2021.

    Source: Communique issued by ARCEP


  • PakistanNew Type Approval Regulation published in the official Gazette

    The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) published the updated "Type Approval Technical Standards Regulations, 2021" in the Gazette of Pakistan on September 13, 2021

    The following devices were removed from the list of exempted technologies and therefore, are subject to mandatory type approval:

    • Tablet PCs with WiFi only (Non-Sim based devices)
    • Smart watches with BT / WiFi only (Without Sim or tracking)
    • UWB devices

    Furthermore, EN 62368-1 has been added to the list of accepted standards.

    The changes came into force retroactively on 2021-01-25, despite being published recently in the official Gazette.

    Source: The Gazette of Pakistan


  • VietnamNew standard for 76-77 GHz radars will come into effect in July

    The new regulation Circular 9/2021/TT-BTTTT will enter into force on 1 July 2022. Herewith, the Vietnamese authority announced the obligation of a declaration of conformity for 76-77 GHz radars in accordance with standard QCVN 124:2021/BTTTT.

    The above-mentioned requirement applies to all radars operating in this frequency range. Subsequently, a Declaration of Conformity must be present at the time of importation to Vietnam.

    Source: https://mic.gov.vn/Upload_Moi/VanBan/09-TT.PDF


  • MexicoIFETEL releases annual closure information

    The Instituto Federal de las Telecomunicaciones in Mexico (IFETEL) announced their annual holiday closure will take place from 23. December 2021 until 5. January 2022.

    Source: internal research


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  • RussiaLockdown due to increasing COVID-19 cases

    Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the Russian government imposed a national lockdown from October, 30th - November, 7th.


  • SenegalNew Type Approval Regulation

    On August, 27th. the Telecommunication Authority ARTP in Senegal has issued updated type approval regulations, replacing décision No 2004-002/ART/DG/DRC/D.Rég. The main changes are as follows:

    • the certificate validity will be changed from unlimited to 5 years
    • local testing will become mandatory
    • a label will be implemented

    Even though the new regulation has already been published, it is not fully implemented yet. IB-Lenhardt will keep you updated on when the changes take effect.

    Source: Official decision (French)


  • SingaporeIMDA Draft Technical Specification open for comments

    IMDA is soliciting public comments on the following draft technical specification for submission by 12 noon on October 27, 2021:

    Draft Technical Specification for Security Requirements for Mobile Devices (IMDA TS CD-SEC Issue 1).

    This specification establishes the minimum technical security requirements for the design and management of devices used in cellular networks to better protect communications networks from link efficiency security threats. It also aims to minimize the vulnerability of individual cellular devices and ensure that these devices are better protected and secured in the areas of access control and over-the-air (OTA) updates.

    This specification applies to cellular devices that support these requirements:


    - Section 7 on Connection Efficiency Requirements of GSMA TS.34 v5.0: IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines and
    - comply with either the IMDA Technical Specification for Internet of Things (IMDA TS IOT) or the IMDA Technical Specification for Cellular Mobile Terminal (IMDA TS CMT).

    The draft technical specification can be found here.

    All views and comments should be submitted in soft copies (Microsoft Word or PDF Format) to Telecoms_Standards@imda.gov.sg.

    Source: Official link


  • EU (RE-D)European Commission released a proposal to amend the RE-D

    The European Commission released a proposal for amending the Radio Equipment Directive, RED - Directive 2014/53/EU. The proposal includes some further detailing on Article 3, especially focussing on the usage of charging devices and their interfaces. Details on the proposal may be found on the commission website following this official link. A new annex related to the proposal is published as well and may be found here: official link.


  • GeneralBluetooth SIG: LE Audio improves Bluetooth Audio Quality

    Bluetooth LE Audio is the audio connection of the future.

    While Bluetooth Classic Audio uses the A2DP profile with SBC codec, LE Audio uses the new LC3 codec standard, which is far superior to the SBC codec.

    Due to better compression, the sound is in higher quality and less power consuming.

    According to the TCRL 2021-1, the tests for the new LE Audio profiles becomes now active (13-Oct-2021) for Bluetooth Qualification.

    Source: Official link


  • VietnamNew Standard for 5G NR

    The Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has recently published the “National technical regulation on stand-alone 5G mobile communication network terminal equipment - Wireless access part”, Circular 06/2021/TT-BTTTT issuing QCVN 127:2021/BTTTT.

    Some of the main features are as follows:

    - QCVN 127:2021/BTTTT will take effect on Mar 01, 2022, but it will be mandatory from July 01, 2022. It means that from Mar 01, 2022 to July 01, 2022, the type approval certificates for 5G NR devices can be used under either QCVN 47:2015/BTTTT or QCVN 127:2021/BTTTT for the importation process.

    - The type approval certificates for 5G NR under QCVN 47:2015/BTTTT must be updated to QCVN 127:2021/BTTTT before July 01, 2022 in order to make sure that the importation process will go smoothly.

    - Based on QCVN 127:2021/BTTTT, the allowed bands for 5G NR in Vietnam will be n1, n3, n5, n8, n28, n40, n41, n77, n78 and n258

    - Based on QCVN 127:2021/BTTTT, all 5G mobile phones must support at least n1, n3, n28, n41, n77, n78, in which, n77 and n78 must only be available and activated when these bands are planned in Vietnam.

    Currently, the local labs don’t have the accreditation on testing QCVN 127:2021/BTTTT and the Vietnam Approval Authority has not issued the type approval certificate under this new standard yet.

    Source: Official link


  • TunisiaPublic consultation regarding 6 GHz WiFi

    ANF considers opening the lower part of the 6 GHz band (5925 - 6425 MHz) in order to facilitate better integration of radio local area networks ( RLAN) with other modern radio technologies and to meet the need for greater data transmission capacities. Interested stakeholders are invited to submit their feedback via email to consultation.publique@anf.tn until October, 30th 2021, 17:00 CET.

    Source: Public consultation (French only)


  • Saudi ArabiaCITC has published updated IMT regulatory document

    The Saudi Arabian Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has published an updated document on the "Regulation and Allocation of Commercial Spectrum Brands Identified for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)" in furtherance of its National Spectrum Strategy, which aims to unlock the potential of radio spectrum in Saudi Arabia by 2025 for a smarter and safer future. The updated regulatory IMT document is part of the implementation plan for CITC's Spectrum Outlook for Commercial and Innovative Use 2021-2023.

    This further strengthens CITC's strategic transition towards the role of a “Digital Regulator", and it is an expression of CITC's continuing support for the Kingdom's transformation into a digital society, with the aim of achieving a global leadership position in the field of radio communications and wireless technologies.

    Source: Official link



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