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On October 10th, 2014, Armenia signed "Agreement on Eurasian Economic Union" and becomes a member of the Customs Union, effective January 1, 2015. The transition period from the National Type Approval scheme to Customs Union scheme and the full impact not yet been advised; however the Eurasian Commission is currently working on harmonization efforts of EMC and Safety standards. It is possible CU Approval will be recognized by Amenian customs on January 1st, 2015; but until further notice - National Level Type Approvals will still be required in Armenia. Additionally, please be aware RF compliance is still to be determined by National Regulators.
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The Egyptian Authority (NTRA) recently advised that WLAN devices operating in Band 4 and Band 4+ of the 5 GHz may now operate indoors only, up to 200 mW EIRP, on a license free basis.
The 5 GHz bands now permitted in Egypt are as follows:
- 5150 - 5350 MHz - <200mW (EIRP) for indoor operation, license free.
- 5725 - 5850 MHz - <200mW (EIRP) for outdoor operation, license required.
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The FCC has scheduled an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below for Thursday, December 11, 2014. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. (Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, W., Washington, D.C.). Additionally, the meeting will be shown live at FCC.gov/live.
- Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries: The FCC will consider a Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration and a Report and Order to close the school and library connectivity gap by adjusting program rules and support levels in order to meet long-term program goals for high-speed connectivity to and within all eligible schools and libraries.
- Connect America Fund Report and Order: The FCC will consider a Report and Order finalizing decisions necessary to proceed to Phase II of the Connect America Fund.
- Broadcast Incentive Auction Public Notice: The FCC will consider a Public Notice that asks for comment on the detailed procedures necessary to carry out the Broadcast Incentive Auction. The Public Notice includes specific proposals on auction design issues such as determination of the initial clearing target, opening bid prices, and the final television channel assignment process.
During late November 2014, we were informed by our local agent that the Uruguayan Authority, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC), will no longer permit the 5.470 - 5.725 GHz WLAN band for future commercial products. The band has been assigned for government use only.
We are also advised that any products with existing URSEC Type Approval operating in this band may continue to operate and no further action is required.
For any new products requiring URSEC Type Approval in the 5 GHz band, madster devices must have the restricted band disabled and client devices must be set to passive scanning mode only (no active scanning is allowed. Ad Hoc mode is allowed.
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On November 21, 2014, Industry Canada posted on its website the release of Release of RSS-251, Issue 1 — Field Disturbance Sensors in the Bands 46.7-46.9 GHz (Vehicular Radar) and 76-77 GHz (Vehicular and Airport Fixed Radar). Changes to the standard are as follows:
- A portion of Annex 13 of RSS-210, Licence-exempt Radio Apparatus (All Frequency Bands): Category I Equipment — in particular, the text regarding devices operating in the bands 46.7-46.9 GHz and 76-77 GHz — has been integrated into this document.
- Removal of the vehicle-mounted, orientation-specific limits for the field disturbance sensors operating in the frequency band 76-77 GHz.Field disturbance sensors operating in the frequency band 76-77 GHz are allowed to be used as a fixed radar system at an airport.
- Field disturbance sensors operating in the frequency band 76-77 GHz are allowed to be used as a fixed radar system at an airport.
- Clarification of the power density limits in the band 46.7-46.9 GHz. The limits apply to the average power density and a requirement has been included for the peak power density.
- Inclusion of a table in Section 5.2.2 regarding the power density limits of vehicle-mounted radar systems and fixed radar systems (i.e. field disturbance sensors) in the frequency band 76-77 GHz.
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On November 13, 2014, Industry Canada posted on its website an update to RSS-216, Issue 1 - Wireless Power Transfer Devices (Wireless Chargers) now allowing for electronic labeling (e-labeling), where applicable.
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Radio Standards Specification RSS-Gen, Issue 4, General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus, sets out the general requirements for radio apparatus used for radiocommunication other than broadcasting. A list of changes are as follows:
- This new issue of RSS-Gen, Issue 4, has been entirely modified. There are numerous changes to the content including the numbering of each section. Consequently, all changes may not be captured in this list.
- The title of the standard has changed from General Requirements and Information for the Certification of Radio Apparatus in Issue 3, to General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus.
- Section 3: Normative reference publications have been added.
- Section 4: Requirements to obtain an exemption have been added.
- Section 5: The section on receiver requirements has been revised as per Regulatory Standards Notice 2012-DRS0126
- Section 7: Requirements for licence-exempt radio apparatus are now all included in one section of RSS-Gen, which is in addition to the specific requirements in an RSS-200 series standard.
Radio Standards Procedure RSP-100, Issue 10, Certification of Radio Apparatus, sets out the requirements for certification of radio apparatus and broadcasting equipment. A list of changes are as follows:
- Issue 10 of RSP-100 has been entirely modified. There are numerous changes to the content including the numbering of sections. Consequently, all changes may not be captured in this list.
- Sections 2.3, 2.4, 3.4, and 7 have been added to RSP-100, Issue 10; they were previously in RSS-Gen, Issue 3.
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The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity) in India recently announced an expansion to the scope of (to include new products to) the Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012.
Once the newly adopted scope expansion notification is published in the Gazette, it is anticipated that manufacturers will have 6 months to comply and the inclusion of new products are likely to come into force in two timelines:
- All new products except batteries - 4/15/2015
- Batteries - 7/15/2015
The major significance of inclusion of new products is as follows:
- Power adapters and batteries the inclusion refers to are the ones that will be imported independently and / or will be used with products not covered by the mandatory registration.
- Magnetic stripe readers are not considered to be smart card readers.
- The category of mobile phones is expected to be wide and include many enterprise products that support cell phone technology/functionality. It is expected there will be further clarification on which product types are and are not considered to be included within the new scope.
BIS approval system has increased scope of product types that the scheme applies to but the processes and procedures of BIS approval have not been changed.
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Recently, Qatar's Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) modifyed its rules for Short Range Devices (SRDs). In 2010, a class license for Short Range Devices (SRDs) was issued by ictQATAR's Regulatory Authority (currently CRA) stipulating the frequency ranges and the corresponding output powers allowed to be used for Short Range Devices (SRDs). To be in line with international technology advancements, CRA recently modified the existing Class License to provide clear information on the frequency ranges allowed to be used for a certain category of equipment imported into the State of Qatar.
The modification includes amendment to the existing Annexure (2) of the Class License for SRDs as well as additional applications of radio-communication devices that cover Radio Microphone applications, Radio Frequency Identification applications and Ultra Wide Band Technology applications .
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On October 17, 2014, the FCC released draft publication report entitled SAR Measurement Guidance for IEEE 802.11 Transmitters which provides SAR measurement procedures for 802.11 a/b/g transmitters. This draft revision (Rev1.2) supersedes Rev 1.1 and is posted for comments until November 21, 2014; it is not yet a final publication. Please contact Rhein Tech if you have any questions or testing requirements: 703 . 689. 0368
The FCC has scheduled an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below for Friday, November 21, 2014. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. (Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, W., Washington, D.C.). Additionally, the meeting will be shown live at FCC.gov/live.
- Modernizing Contest Rules: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to provide broadcasters greater flexibility in their disclosure of contest terms.
- Emerging Wireline Networks and Services: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Declaratory Ruling, and Order to facilitate the transition to next generation networks by promoting and preserving the Commission's public safety, consumer protection, and competition goals.
- 911 Governance and Accountability: The Commission will consider a Policy Statement and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its approach to 911 governance and proposing mechanisms to ensure continued accountability for reliable 911 services as technologies evolve.
On October 15, 2014, Australia's Minister for Health confirmed new regulations will be implemented to allow Australian manufacturers to obtain market approval for most medical devices using conformity assessment certification from EU Notified Bodies. High risk medical devices will be excluded from the new regulation and still require TGA conformity assessment. Link
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On October 02, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed revising the testing procedure for external power supplies. The modifications considered are as follows:
Harmonize DOE's test procedure with the latest version of IEC 62301 by providing specific resolution and measurement tolerances.
- Define and clarify how to test adaptive EPSs (also referred to as "adaptive-charging", "smart-charging" or "quick-charging" EPSs).
- Add test configurations that can be used to avoid potential losses caused by testing cables.
- Clarify that when testing an EPS that is incapable of being tested at one or more of the loading conditions used to calculate the average active-mode efficiency, such conditions will be omitted when calculating this metric. Instead, the average active-mode efficiency will be determined by averaging the efficiency results at each of the loading conditions that can be measured.
- Optional test to measure the active mode efficiency at a 10% loading condition.
- Optional recording of power factor during testing.
- Insert a summary table (see Table) to enable one to more readily identify which standards apply to which type of EPS.
- Expand the scope of its sampling plan for Class A EPSs to apply to those that will be subject to standards for the first time in 2016.
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