Radio Type Approval, Homologation, Certification Services - Global Market Access Solutions
We can offer you reliably our services concerning Type Approval in South Africa. Our distinguished contact with the authority, as well as our qualification in the homologation of consumer and automotive RF-products and Short Range Devices (SRD) in the ISM-frequency band will make way for your trouble-free and cost-effective market access in South Africa.
We will assist you to put your product successfully on the market by offering the following services:
Identify applicable requirements for your specific product or technology feature to comply with current regulations in safety, EMC, wireless, etc.
Assist in completion of applications and other required forms
Handle entire submittal process including working with local certification organizations
Coordinate verification testing on certified products as needed
Facilitate and expedite project progress with support of IB-Lenhardt AG local team and/or partner
Support maintenance of certificates on request
We can offer you a short-termed tentative offer based on a submitted Datasheet of the device:
Marking of Certification Logo or Number Required?
3 x 3 (label), 1 (certificate number) mm
Specific User Manual Requirements?
News for South Africa
Amendment of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015
As IB-Lenhardt informed on 2019-08-06, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), opened a public consultation on the planned amendments of Annexure B - Radio Apparatus exempt from radio frequency spectrum licences - of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015.
After reviewing written submissions from interested stakeholders ICASA amended Annexure B, which contains information such as maximum radiated power, field strength or sensitivity limits and relevant test standards for various types of equipment.
The updated regulations came into force after being published in the Government Gazette on 2021-12-24.
Public comments on Draft National Frequency Plan 2021
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) currently gives notice of the Electronic Communications Act (No 36 of 2005) “Draft National Frequency Plan 2021”.
Stakeholders are encouraged to submit written representations including an electronic concept illustrating their view on the draft in MS Word format.
All interested parties are invited to present their observations no later than 27 August 2021 4 p.m. local time.
The South African “Independent Communications Authority of South Africas” ICASA released on 31 March 2021 their new draft regulations on “Equipment Authorisation Regulations”. New is the conformity assessment approach based on 3 classification levels for low, medium and high risk equipment, where low risk equipment is exempted from equipment authorisation.
Furthermore, a 2-step authorisation process is implemented, where first a certificate of conformity with limited validity must be obtained before a homologation certificate “Equipment Authorisation” can be issued by the authority.
There is also an adjustment to the label requierments, where a minimum height of 3 mm is specified for the ICASA logo. Also the equipment class must be referenced. There are no provisions for exemptions.
Comments can be submitted till 30 April electronically or by post or hand delivery to
Mr Lumkile Qabaka
350 Witch-Hazel Avenue
Eco Point Office Park, CENTURION
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) informed that only a reduced number of business processes will be available during the period from 17 to 31 December 2020.
From 4 January 2021, all the ICASA offices will be fully working. The applications which are currently under technical evaluation will be continued in January 2021.
Source: Local Partner
NEW RADIO FREQUENCY SPECTRUM ASSIGNMENT PLAN
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) released on 22nd of May 2020 the “Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan” for the frequency band 2500 to 2690 MHz.
The purpose of this RFSAP is to state the requirements for the utilization of the frequency band 2500 to 2690 MHz for IMT2600.
The Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan provides information on the requirements attached to the use of a frequency band in line
with the allocation and other information in the National Radio Frequency Plan.
This information includes technical characteristics of radio systems, frequency channelling, coordination and details on required migration of existing users of the band and the expected method of assignment. 2.4 The Authority has opted for a TDD channel arrangement C3 from the Recommendation ITU-R M.1034-6 to increase the usable bandwidth of IMT2600 to 190 MHz.
Moreover, the increased bandwidth will allow the prospective incumbents to realize the capabilities of IMT2020 systems which require the bandwidth ranges of 80 to 100 MHz.
The ITU states that IMT systems are mobile systems that provide access to a wide range of telecommunication services including advanced mobile services, supported by mobile and fixed networks, which are increasingly packet-based. The ITU is the internationally recognized entity that has sole responsibility to define and to recommend the standards and frequency arrangements for IMT systems.
Before the end of this year (31st of December 2019; South Africa's Authority (ICASA) will publish an Information Memorandum on the licensing process for the International Mobile Telecommunications (high demand spectrum).
The Memorandum outlines their approach on the licensing of the spectrum following the publication of the Policy on High Demand Spectrum and Policy Direction on the Licensing of a Wireless Open Access Network by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies.
Official Link to Independent Communications Authority of South Africa: here
ICASA begins a process to review Annexure B
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) controls, plans, administers and manages the use and licensing of the radio frequency spectrum in South Africa. In doing so, ICASA must, among others, comply with applicable standards and requirements of the International Telecommunications Union and its Radio Regulations as agreed to by the Republic, as well as the approved Radio Frequency Plan.
According to applicable legislation, no person may transmit any signal by radio or use radio apparatus to receive any signal by radio without a radio frequency spectrum licence granted by ICASA in terms of the Electronic Communications Act.
However, ICASA may further prescribe the radio frequency spectrum licence that may be used without a licence.
It is against this background that ICASA intends to amend Annexure B of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations of 2015. The Annexure referred to relates to a list of radio apparatus that do not require a radio frequency spectrum licence.
The decision to make amendments to the Annexure is prompted mainly by the need to, among others, encourage investment and innovation in the ICT sector, promote adoption of latest technological gadgets operating in the licence-free radio as well as frequency spectrum bands on a non-interference and zero protection basis from interference.
In this regard, ICASA has published a notice of its intention to amend Annexure B in the Government Gazette where interested stakeholders are invited to submit written representations with regards to the proposed amendments by close of business on 06 September 2019.
The notice can be found here: Linkt to notice
Enquiries related to this process may be directed to Mr. Bethuel Nkgadime on email address, BNkgadime@icasa.org.za.
ICASA Head Office moving to Pretoria
After nearly 20 years in Sandton, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is moving to Pretoria.
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:
The Type C electrical plug (or Europlug) is a two-wire plug that has two round pins. It fits into any socket that accepts 4.0 – 4.8 mm round contacts on 19 mm centres. They are being replaced by E, F, J, K or N sockets which work perfectly with Type C plugs. Type C plugs are generally limited for use in appliances that require 2.5 amps or less.
The Type D electrical plug has three large round pins in a triangular pattern. Type M plugs are often used alongside Type D plugs for larger appliances and as a result, some sockets work with both Type D and Type M plugs. Type D plugs are rated 5 amps.
The Type M plug has three round pins in a triangular pattern and looks similar to the Indian Type D plug, but its pins are much larger. Type M plugs are sometimes used for bigger appliances in countries that make use of Type D plugs, as well as in Israel (Type H). Therefore, sockets in these countries sometimes work with Type M plugs.
There are two variations of the Type N plug, one rated at 10 amps, and one at 20 amps. The 10 amp version has two round pins that are 4 mm thick, and a grounding pin. The 20 amp version, used for heavier appliances, has two round pins 4.8 mm in diameter, and a grounding pin. The Type N socket was designed to work with Type C plugs as well. Brazil is one of the few countries that uses two types of voltage. While most states use 127 V, some of them use 220 V. It is therefore important to find out the local voltage before plugging in your appliance (note: wrong voltage can destroy your appliance). Many appliances sold in Brazil are dual voltage.