Nepal's NTA announced to monitor the market to enforce the certification of cell phones.
According to NTA this monitoring is to tackle the high ratio of 50% of handsets without certification. Customers will have to provide their handset's IMEI to obtain a SIM card to prevent the usage of of unregistered phones.
The Type Approval Certification itself will be improved and helped by consultants.
The “Law of Ukraine No. 5312-VI”, released on 2012-11-29, contains the following news:
A Registration of Conformity Declarations in Ukraine is no longer required;
Declarations of Conformity issued in Ukraine for R&TTE, EMC, or Safety no longer require the registration by a CAB (Conformity Assessment Body);
It can now be replaced by a manufacturer's or his/her authorized representative's self-declaration.
AustraliaNew ACMA spectrum plan possibly drastically reduces smartphone costs world wide.
The ACMA (Australian Communication and Media Authority) published a new spectrum plan for the 700 MHz frequency band on 2012-11-19. The Plan has the potential to drastically reduce the costs of smartphones around the World. The “Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz spectrum band plan“ is committed or seriously considered to be adopted by several countries such as Australia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, India, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and the United Arab Emirates.
In November 2012, Palestine’s Ministry (MTIT) confirmed that WLAN devices operating in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band are permitted as per the following discribed limits:
402 – 2482MHz (Channels 1 -13) maximum output power of 1000mW + 6dBi
5150 – 5250MHz (Channels 36 – 48) maximum output power of 1000mW + 6dBit
5250 – 5350MHz (Channels 52 – 64) maximum output power of 1000mW + 6dBit
5725 – 5825 MHz band is open for point-to-point fixed link products, with maximum output power of 1000mW + 23dBi. Use of this band is subject to licensing.
The following bands are not permitted for use:
5470 – 5725MHz (Channels 100-140)
5815 – 5850MHz (Channel 165)
5850 – 5875MHz (Channel 173)
IsraelChanges to Approval Requirements for WWAN Products
The Ministry of Communications (MoC) has informed on 2012-09-29, that WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network) products do no longer have to undergo local testing by Israeli Network Providers in order to gain Type Approval, which will have a positive impact on the cost and leadtime on the same.
From now, there are the following requirements for approvals:
EMC/Safety certificate from Standards Institute of Israel (SII)
Radio Approval certificate from MoC
Encryption approval certificate from Ministry of Defense (MoD)
The Ministry of Communications (MoC) has implemented new regulations for cellular apparatus.
It covers cellphones, smartphones and products with cellular ability. These regulations are in force starting 2012-09-29 and feature the below:
The CE mark has to appear on the device;
Battery-powered cellular equipment must comply with UL1642;
Importers must confirm that the product fulfills the Israeli MoC regulations;
Product details and statement of compliance need to be presented to the MoC, The latter then issues a document showing the model numbers of all cellular equipment that the importer may import;
A certificate of encryption issued by the Israeli MoD (Ministry of Defense) is required.
Please take further notice:
The cellular devices sold with power supply must be certified by the Standards Institute of Israel (SII) for safety and EMC & energy in standby (off mode).
The Ministry of Transportation (MoT) in Bahrain transfered the reponsibility of short range devices type approval to a new authority called the Central Informatics & Communication Organization.
The new authority limited type approval certificates to three years validity period. This new three years validity period applies to new Type Approvals as well as to applications for extensions of expired Type Approval certificates.
However, Bahrain’s telecommunication regulatory authority (TRA) is still issuing Type Approvals for telecommunication product of a validity period of 6 months.