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Bhutan’s regulatory authority, BICMA, recently implemented type approval certification of information and communications technology (ICT) equipment. International applicants who intend to export their ICT equipment to Bhutan must obtain a type approval certificate for their equipment. Type approved equipment should be affixed with a label as shown below:

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Please note that a lot of ICT equipment, e.g. mobile handsets, data modems, RTTE embedded in PC or laptop with output power less than 100mW, is exempted from the type approval certificate.

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During April 2016, after a two-year suspension, the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post of Niger (ARPT) will resume the issuance of Type Approvals. Additionally, ARPT has implemented the following changes to its approval process:

  • Four approval request forms must completed by the manufacturer
  • Two samples must be submitted. The samples will be returned to the applicant at their own expense within a 6-month period following the date of the approval or the rejection.
  • The application license fee must be paid before the submission of the projects.
  • 2 months are needed for application processing.

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On May 26, 2016, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau (EB) Enforcement Advisory No. 2016-05, WARNING: FCC Authorized Equipment Must be Used in Compliance with All Laws and Rules Persons or Businesses Using Authorized Equipment In a Manner that Violates Federal Law or the Commission’s Rules Are Subject to Enforcement Action - Link

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) recently released the National Technical Regulation QCVN 101:2016/TTBTTTT on lithium batteries. These regulations are based on IEC 61960 (06-2011) and IEC 62133 (2012) standards and will come into force on October 1, 2016.

Upon implementation of this rule, all telecommunication products which are subject to mandatory Type Approval requirements and which contain lithium batteries will require additional local testing against QCVN 101:2016/TTBTTT. This requirement applies to both new and renewal Type Approval applications. This regulation does not apply to lithium batteries as standalone devices. Currently, there are no local laboratories in place to test for this new regulation and the implementation date is subject to change.
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The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in Saudi Arabia has recently changed the validity period of type approval certificates from one year to two years.

During April 2016, Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority (PTA) published a new notification S.R.O 287(I) 2016 for WiFi device usage. Changes to the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ISM Bands are as follows:

·         The 2.4 GHz Band is now fully open; it was previously restricted to 2.4735-2.4835 GHz only. Maximum Permitted Output Power is 30 dBm EIRP.

·         The output power for the 5.725‑5.875 GHz band has been increased from 20 dBm EIRP to 30 dBm EIRP.

 

Additionally, PTA recently confirmed that all the standalone RFID and NFC have been exempted from type approval.

Ecuador’s Regulator, Agencia de Regulación y Control de las Telecomunicaciones (ARCOTEL) released Resolución 03-02-ARCOTEL-2016, in which changes to the Ecuadorian National Frequency Allocation Plan have been published. In the updated National Frequency Allocation Plan, ARCOTEL allocated 57-64 GHz for WLAN 802.11ad devices. As such, Type Approval applications can now be filed for devices supporting this technology.

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In May 2016, the Mexican Secretaria de Economia released two draft regulations for public discussion that will replace two current standards:

  • NOM-EM-016-SCFI-2015 applies to all devices operating on 2400-2483.5 MHz, 5725-5850 MHz and 902-928 MHz, and will be replaced by the draft replacement standard PROY-NOM-208-SCFI-2016 at some point before the current expiration date of October 19, 2016.
  • NOM-016-SCFI-1993 and NOM-019-SCFI-1998 establish the safety requirements for peripheral data-processing equipment or related equipment marketed within Mexico, and will be replaced by the draft replacement standard PROY-NOM-019-SCFI-2016 sometime in 2016.

Both draft replacement standards are at the public consultation stage, and implementation dates for the final regulations are unknown at this time. Also unknown are the impact to cost, lead time and process for either regulation.

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On April 28, 2016, the FCC reaffirmed its decision to create the innovative Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3550-3700 MHz (3.5 GHz) band, and took additional steps to finalize the rules. The FCC established the 3.5 GHz band as an innovation band, where it is breaking down age-old regulatory barriers to create a space for a wide variety of users to coexist by sharing spectrum.

As a result of technological innovations and a focus on spectrum sharing, the FCC was able to open up 100 MHz of spectrum previously unavailable for commercial uses, and added it to the existing commercial spectrum, resulting in a 150 MHz contiguous band. These new rules finalize the framework for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, providing an opportunity to leverage these new innovations in spectrum licensing and access schemes to meet the needs of a variety of users, simultaneously.

By finalizing the rules, the stage is set for the next steps, including certifying Spectrum Access System Administrators and Environmental Sensing Capability Operators, holding a future auction, and making service in this band a reality.

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Columbia’s National Spectrum Agency, Agencia nacional de espectro (ANE) recently held a public consultation requesting comments regarding the restriction of the 900 MHz band from 902-928 MHz to 915-928 MHz in Colombia. The ANE cites the cause of this band restriction as a need to limit interference caused to mobile phone services in Colombia.

ANE has advised that it is currently in the process of creating a resolution, due to be published in the upcoming months, confirming the restriction in the 900 MHz band, however a specific date for the formal implementation of the restriction is unknown.

All new Type Approvals in Colombia, particularly in the case of UHF RFID devices operating within the 902-928 MHz frequency band, will have to comply with the new frequency band restriction of 915-928 MHz.

In May 2015, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) placed all EMC/EMI Approval applications on hold following an internal preliminary investigation on noncompliance to processes and procedures. Following months of discussion on SABS potentially passing the responsibility of this certification to ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa), ICASA has confirmed that an agreement has now been concluded with SABS regarding EMC/EMI certification. SABS will continue to administer the issuance of Certificates of Compliance (CoCs), but under a new regime. A joint media statement will be released soon to affirm the announcement and also to provide guidance on the new process.

On April 8, 2016, the FCC published guidance documents on the FCC §2.964 Pre-Approval Guidance (PAG) procedure, formerly known as the Permit But Ask (PBA) procedure. 388624 D02 Pre-Approval Guidance List v16r02 provides the current list of devices that are subject to the Pre-Approval Guidance procedure and 388624 D01 Pre-Approval Guidance Procedure v11r01 provides the Pre-Approval Guidance procedures. The changes to the Pre-Approval Guidance List v16r02 are as follows:

  • Removed requirements to submit PAG samples for UWB devices
  • Clarified EMC simultaneous transmission requirements
  • Clarified confidentiality issues
  • Removed VoLTE HAC but kept VoWiFi
  • Removed signal boosters
  • Removed UNII-1 and Wi-Fi client peer-peer applications

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The Colombia Regulator, Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC) has recently announced its intention to expand the scope of devices requiring Type Approval. With regard to mobile terminals (including cellular modules), currently voice-only cellular devices must obtain Type Approval, however, the CRC has plans to change this requirement later this year to enforce mandatory Type Approval for data-only cellular devices, however a specific date for the release of the updated regulation detailing this change is currently unknown. For data-only cellular devices which are already in the Colombian market, the updated regulation is not expected to be retroactive, and the import and sale of these devices can continue, however we are seeking clarification on this point. It is still to be confirmed whether the Type Approval procedure for data-only cellular devices will be the same as that of voice-only cellular devices.

As of April 20, 2016, the following 2014 versions of the EMC and Low Voltage Directives must be applied, and all Declarations of Conformity that reference these directives must be updated for placement of the products on the European Market.

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EU – Blue Guide Published

Posted on April 20th 2016 by

The European Union's new Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product rules 2016 has been published.

The “Blue Guide” was originally published in 2000 and become one of the main reference documents explaining how to implement the legislation based on the New Approach, now covered by the New Legislative Framework (NLF). Much of the 2000 edition of the “Blue Guide” is still valid but it did require updating to cover new developments and to ensure the broadest possible common understanding on implementation of the NLF for the marketing of products. This Guide is intended to contribute to a better understanding of EU product rules, and to their more uniform and coherent application across different sectors and throughout the single market. It is addressed to the Member States and others who need to be informed of the provisions designed to ensure the free circulation of products, as well as a high level of protection throughout the Union (e.g. trade and consumer associations, standardization bodies, manufacturers, importers, distributors, conformity assessment bodies and trade unions).

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