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On February 1, 2014, Industry Canada published two documents: Policy and Technical Framework for Amateur Service Use of the 5 MHz Band and Regulation by Reference RBR-4, Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service, Issue 2. These documents set out the technical and operating parameters to allow the use of five frequencies in the 5 MHz band on a no‑interference, no‑protection basis by the amateur service.
The decision is the result of the consultation process undertaken through Canada Gazette notice SMSE‑010‑12 — Consultation on Changes to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations and to RBR‑4 to Allow for Amateur Radio Service Use in the 5 MHz Band, published in the Canada Gazette.
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Our local agent in Argentina recently informed us that in accordance with "Protocolo de equipos de espectro ensanchado por salto en frecuencia", all WLAN (2.4GHz & 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0 products will require re-testing at the time of renewal of Type Approval in Argentina.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) recently implemented Type Approval requirements for cellular mobile phones under Section 29 of Pakistan Telecommunication Re-Organization Act, 1996 in order to protect customers' interests. Previously, mobile phones were exempt from the Type Approval process.
On February 3, 2014, the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule against the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in 2012. The new rule applies to all direct and indirect operation external power supplies (EPS), which are categorized into eight product classes. It not only increases the minimum energy efficiency requirement of EPS from level IV to level VI, but also extends their scope to encompass lower voltage AC- or DC-output EPS, multiple-voltage EPS and EPS with nameplate output power exceeding 250 watts.
We were recently advised by our local agent that Malaysia's Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) has recently advised that Notebook PCs can now be considered as host devices for host approval applications.
In early February 2014, Industry Canada released RSS-211 DRAFT Issue 1 February 2014: Level Probing Radar Devices - Limits and Methods of Measurement. Industry Canada is seeking comments from the TCB council members on this Draft copy of RSS-211 by Friday February 21, 2014.
The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its April 2014 Workshop from April 7-11, 2014 at the Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. This will be a 5 day event, with the standard 3-day workshop occurring from Tuesday-Thursday. The first day, Monday April 7, 2014 will be devoted to basic training for new personnel in our TCB community. The final day will be devoted to training on ISO/IEC 17065.
In early February 2014, Industry Canada released Radio Standards Specification 222 (RSS-222), Issue 1, White Space Devices. This document sets out the requirements for the technical compliance of license-exempt, category I radio apparatus operating in the frequency bands 54-60MHz, 76-88MHz, 174-216MHz, 470-608MHz and 614-698MHz, known as White Space Devices (WSDs). Industry Canada is seeking industry input on the draft by Friday, February 28, 2014.
The FCC has scheduled an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below for Thursday, January 30, 2014. The meeting is scheduled to commence 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, .W., Washington, D.C. The event will be shown live at FCC.gov/live.
On January 6, 2014, updated rules on the Upper-700 MHz Public Safety Spectrum were published in the Federal Register. The new rules allow for the approval of 3GPP Band Class 14 devices in the band. Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCBs) may proceed with approvals of these devices in accordance with the new rules.
On 1/22/2014, the FCC published Wideband Consumer Signal Booster Compliance Measurement Guidance (935210 D03 Signal Booster Measurements v01r01).
Our local agent recently informed us that Vietnam's Type Approval Authority MIC (Ministry of Information and Communications) has implemented new technical standards beginning January 15th, 2014. The new standards impact RFID/SRD devices and radars previously approved under QCVN47:2011 standard.
On January 10, 2014, the FCC completely revised a new draft publication for Guidance on Software or Network Configuration of Non-SDR Devices to Ensure Compliance. Prior version (594280 D01 Software Configuration Control v01r02) has been completely revised to this new draft version (594280 D01 Software Configuration Control v02). This new draft is issued for comment only and prior guidance should be followed until the new draft is adopted. Comments on the new draft will be accepted until February 14, 2014.
On January 10, 2014, Industry Canada released Licensing Framework for Broadband Radio Service (BRS) — 2500 MHz Band, which sets out Industry Canada's decisions with respect to the auction process for spectrum licences in the 2500 MHz band. In particular, the document announces the decisions related to the licensing process, the auction format and the auction rules, as well as the conditions of licence applicable to the 2500 MHz band.
Industry Canada will accept written questions seeking clarification of the rules and policies set out in the Framework. Written questions will be accepted until April 28, 2014. Every effort will be made to post the questions received, along with Industry Canada's responses, by August 18, 2014, depending on the volume of questions received. Any answers provided to these questions will be considered as clarification of the policies set out in the above-mentioned SMSE-002-12 document, and as amendments or supplements to the rules set out in the Framework.