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Regulatory News dated Q3/2020

  • SerbiaSerbia published new Radio Frequency Allocation Plan

    The Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RATEL) issued a new frequency allocation plan.It was first published in the “Official Gazette of RS“, No. 89/20 of June 25, 2020 and came into force on July 3, 2020. The Radio Frequency Band Allocation Plan includes the allocation of frequency bands to specified radio communication services according to relevant international agreements and recommendations, in the interest of citizens, economy and national security.

    Source: https://www.ratel.rs/en/blog/new-radio-frequency-band-allocation-plan-goes-into-force

    Official document (Serbian only)


  • BrazilExtension of frequency allocation for mobile communication

    ANATEL recently launched a public consultation regarding the opening of the 3.3 to 3.7 GHz band for Personal Mobile Service in Brazil. Manufacturers and importers as well as any other stakeholder interested in this newly available frequency band are invited to send comments to the authority before 2020-08-31.

    The purpose of the act is the extension of the frequency allocation in this area from 3.6 GHz now to 3.7 GHz.

    The complete list of documents and submitted comments may be found at https://sei.anatel.gov.br/sei/modulos/pesquisa/md_pesq_processo_exibir.php?exIsiWoPbTSMJNP15y_TiUpWIfXjgqaCc-xbh3o0V5ttS0uQqIkRDNDdsrlbDPN0z9DjOh_HT6NYS_BYkN5mlMU-GYs_9lPkSQMneGTcqs7X9BODs77W-nOHRfUzTemf

    Comments should be sent to the Brazilian TBT Enquiry Point (barreirastecnicas@inmetro.gov.br) and copied to leonardoc@anatel.gov.br and davison@anatel.gov.br.

    Source: http://www.in.gov.br/en/web/dou/-/consulta-publica-n-50-de-3-de-junho-de-2020-261923839


  • United StatesAccess to the 70/80 and 90 GHz bands in the USA

    In their attempt to promote the 5G expansion the FCC initiated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 20-76A1, regarding the exploration of new uses in the frequency ranges 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz, 92-94 GHz and 94.1-95 GHz. The aim of the rule changes is the facilitation of the provision of wireless backhaul for 5G and the deployment of broadband services to aircraft and ships. The commission seeks to promote the expanded use of this millimeter-wave spectrum for several innovative services.

    Comments may be filed electronically through ECFS at http://apps.fcc.gov/ ecfs/

    Source: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-76A1.pdf


  • EgyptNTRA introduces further type approval schemes

    In March 2020 we already informed you about the introduction of 2 type approval schemes for applications in Egypt. Recently, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) introduced 2 additional certification schemes and further clarified the requirements for each scheme:

    The light scheme applies for ISO 17025 accredited manufacturers. Provided the manufacturer does not have an ISO 17025 accreditation, the factory location determines which approval scheme should be applied:

    Factory Location Approval Scheme
    Australia, Canada, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, USA, Western Europe Light scheme
    Any other country, which is not listed Intermediate scheme
    China and India Tight scheme
    Egypt Guided scheme

    Please note: While the light and intermediate scheme follow roughly the same procedure, an application following the guided scheme will require a factory inspection of NTRA.

    Sources:

    Light and intermediate scheme procedure

    Tight scheme procedure

    Guided scheme procedure (Arabic only)

    NTRA website


  • ParaguayNew Resolution permits the use of the 918 – 928 MHz

    The Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL) issued Resolución 1269/2020 permitting the use of 918-928 MHz frequency range for RFID; SRD and LPWAN equipment. Currently, it is still unclear when the resolution will come into force. We will keep you updated.

    Important: The technical parameters of such devices using this frequency band must be configured according to the limitations established in the Regulation:

    For RFID:

    ERP Power Antenna Beam Width
    ≤ 1 W No restrictions
    1 W ≤ 2 W ≤ 180 °
    2 W ≤ 4 W ≤ 90 °

    For SRD and LPWAN:

    Transmission Type ERP Power Harmonics
    Frequency hopping 2 W 20 dB below the highest-level point, in any 100 kHz bandwidth
    Digital modulation 2 W 20 dB below the highest-level point, in any 100 kHz bandwidth
    Other

    50 mV/m

    (-1.23 dBm)

    500 µV/m (-41.23 dBm)

    The maximum bandwidth should not exeed 500 kHz for RFID and 250 kHz for LPWAN. The number of channels is not limited as long as the channels stay within the allowed frequency range and the maximum bandwith is considered.

    Devices operating in this frequency range will require a label on the product or a statement in the user manual, as follows:

    “En Paraguay, este equipo deberá ser configurado para operar con las limitaciones establecidas en la norma Técnica NTC-RF-918:2020 de la CONATEL”.

    Source: Official resolution (Spanish only)


  • Congo Democratic RepublicNew validity period for type approval certificate

    As previously released as an advanced notice on 26th of September 2019, the new regulation regarding the validity period of type approval certificates has come into force.

    L’Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications du Congo (ARPTC) has recently published the decision 065/ARPTC/CLG/2019

    The approval of terminal equipment or radio installation is now granted for varying durations with equipment being classified into 6 categories

    1. Equipment connected to telecommunications networks and radio transmitters (Validity: 5 years)
    2. Landline and mobile phones. Low power equipment (Validity: 2 years)
    3. All other equipment different from the first two categories containing a radio module (Validity: 2 years)
    4. Receivers, reception decoders (Validity: 2 years)
    5. Antennas (Validity: 5 years)
    6. All other equipment not listed in categories 1-5 (Validity: 2 years)

    The renewal will be done under the same conditions.

    The new regulation also indicates marking rerquirements. The equipment must be labelled prior to marketing by the applicant, with an irremovable label including the following information:

    • Approval number and date

    • Identification of the model and batch or serial number

    • Manufacturer or supplier identification

    Source: original Décision 065/ARPTC/CLG/2019 in French


  • MalawiMACRA develops new Type Approval regulations

    The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority MACRA is developing new Type Approval regulations.

    According to the draft regulations all electronic communication products require type approval. Products which already have a recognized approval from ITU Region 1. e.g. have a CE DoC, can apply for a simplified scheme.

    We recommend for interested parties to check the draft regulations and especially the Schedule 2, which lists the recognized ETSI Standards.

    Comments can be provided via email to dg-macra@macra.org.mw till 31. July 2020.

    Source: E-Mail from authority - PDF can be donwload here


  • RwandaNew Type Approval Regulations

    The RURA (Rwanda Utilities Regulation Authority) published the Regulation N˚ 011/R/STD-ICT/RURA/020 of 29/05/2020.

    This new regulation regulates type approval procedures as well as importation and supply of electronic communication devices.
    It includes new sample requirements for all devices and re-clarified that local representatives are mandatory.

    The document was already released and implemented by the RURA but is yet to be published in the Rwanda gazette. As of today there is no official publication date available.

    Source offical document as PDF


  • FranceANFR informs about the extension of the specific absorption rate

    From July 1, 2020, all radio equipment devices emitting more than 20 mW which are intended to be used near the human body, are obligated to display SAR.

    Herewith included are phones, tablets, certain connected watches and wireless headsets.

    The measurement of SAR has been required before, but the display obligation previously only applied to mobile phone devices.

    The mentioned SAR values must be indicated in the accompanying documents whose market placement is later than July 1 as well as at points of sale, in the immediate vicinity of the device. The restraint also applies in the case of free disposal and in all advertising.

    As part their measures to control public exposure to electromagnetic waves, verifications will be carried out by the National Agency of Frequencies (ANFR) from July 2020 to ensure compliance with these new arrangement.

    Official Source: Agence Nationale des Fréquences



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