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MultiPoint Newsletter - November 2012 Issue

Dear Colleague,

We have provided typical questions and answers that represent in most cases technical opinions with justification in FCC, IC and CE requirements. The particulars of the product for certification must be considered with respect to the applicability of these questions and answers. We hope you find our update valuable and welcome your feedback if you have any special needs or questions. Call us at 703.689.0368 for your testing requirements. You can view archived issues of MultiPoint at our website.


TCB Exclusions

Question: We know that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) publishes a Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCB) Exclusion List, which lists the items that are excluded from certification by a TCB. Aside from items that TCBs cannot certify, does the FCC prohibit TCBs from other activities, and if so, what are they? Where can we find the most current version of the TCB Exclusion List?

Answer: FCC defines the requirements for Telecommunication Certification Bodies. While the FCC allows TCBs to certify a broad range of equipment in accordance with its rules and regulations, the FCC maintains oversight and retains control over certain functions, prohibiting TCBs from performing them. Following is an itemized list of activities that TCBs cannot perform:

  • Grant waivers of the FCC’s rules;
  • Certify equipment for which there are no FCC rules that apply;
  • Act on FCC rules, regulations and policies that are unclear. In these instances, TCBs can use the FCC “Permit-But-Ask” procedure;
  • Grant transfer of grantee control and/or interpret the FCC rules and regulations;
  • Approve equipment using the Certification procedure () that is subject only to Verification () or Declaration of Conformity (), or equipment that is not subject to FCC equipment authorization for that matter;
  • Submit applications to the FCC for certification in instances where the FCC has no specific guidance, or the applicant intends to use alternative published procedures or guidelines to demonstrate compliance for the equipment.

The latest TCB Exclusion List is version 13, dated October 24, 2012, and can be viewed by clicking on the link 628591 D01 TCB Exclusion List v13.


FCC Part 15 Wireless Devices RF Exposure Procedures

Question: We are a manufacturer of Part 15 wireless devices and will be testing and certifying our new device between now and the end of this year. Which FCC RF exposure documents should we be referencing for testing and certification procedures?

Answer: If testing and certification will be done before the end of this year, you may reference either the document 447498 D01 Mobile Portable RF Exposure v04 in its entirety, or the newly revised version, 斗地主达人447498 D01 General RF Exposure Guidance v05, in its entirety, which was published October 24, 2012. If your product fits the characteristics of a dongle, you must also reference 447498 D02 SAR Procedures for Dongle Xmtr v02.

The General RF Exposure Guidance v05 document provides clarification pertaining to RF exposure requirements for mobile and portable device equipment authorizations. Though v05 was published in October 2012, the FCC has provided a transition period for using the Mobile Portable RF Exposure v04 through December 31, 2012, allowing you to reference v04 for testing and certification procedures, provided you do so in its entirety. However, effective January 1, 2013, the General RF Exposure Guidance v05 document must be referenced in its entirety for testing and certification procedures.

During the transition period from v04 to v05, some of the old procedures may still require an FCC review through the Permit-But-Ask procedure. Please consult with the FCC by sending an inquiry to FCC@labhelp.gov if there are questions or requests for exception.


Guidance for SAR Values on Products

Question: We manufacture portable wireless devices and are seeking guidance on any requirements for placing SAR values on our devices. What is the FCC’s position on this issue?

Answer: The FCC does not currently require SAR values to appear on products. The FCC does provide guidance to Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCBs) on listing SAR values on Grants of Equipment Authorization that they issue. 690783 D01 SAR Listings on Grants v01r02 provides guidance for TCBs to include uniform listings of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values in the grant notes area at the bottom of Grants of Equipment Authorization.

You may wish to contact the FCC directly for guidance on placing specific SAR-related information on your product。


Software Defined Radios

Question: We manufacture wireless devices and would like to know whether the FCC would permit us to allow professional installers or authorized service dealers to ensure compliance by setting the RF parameters, or conditions of operations for our approved device, using the software configuration controls.

Answer: The FCC will not permit the grantee to allow professional installers or authorized service dealers to set the RF parameters via software configuration controls on a device in an effort to ensure compliance. This is only feasible if your device was approved as a Software Defined Radio, or if you received specific approval from the FCC during the certification process to do so. Click on the link, 594280 D01 Software Configuration Control v01r02 for further guidance on this issue.


Standards Updates

EU: NEW CENELEC STANDARDS RECENTLY RELEASED

This is a shortened list of the CENELEC standards published or made available during the past month:

  • - (10/19/2012) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-44: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of X-ray equipment for computed tomography
  • - (10/19/2012) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Test code for the determination of airborne acoustical noise - Part 2-6: Particular requirements for tumble dryers
  • - (10/19/2012) - Secondary batteries (except lithium) for the propulsion of electric road vehicles - Performance and endurance tests
  • - (10/19/2012) - Fuel cell technologies - Part 3-300: Stationary fuel cell power systems - Installation
  • - (10/26/2012) - Basic standard to demonstrate the compliance of fixed equipment for radio transmission (110 MHz - 40 GHz) intended for use in wireless telecommunication networks with the basic restrictions or the reference levels related to general public exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields, when put into service
  • - (10/26/2012) - Protection against lightning - Thunderstorm warning systems
  • - (11/9/2012) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-4: Testing and measurement techniques - Electrical fast transient/burst immunity test
  • - (11/9/2012) - Semiconductor devices - Mechanical and climatic test methods - Part 27: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity testing - Machine model (MM)
  • - (11/9/2012) - Hand crimping tools - Tools for the crimp termination of electric cables and wires for low frequency and radio frequency applications - Part 2-2: Particular requirements for radio frequency connectors and concentric contacts - Open throat tools with removable and interchangeable dies, sizes A to G, Q to T, V and W

See CENELEC for additional information.

EU: NEW ETSI STANDARDS RECENTLY RELEASED

This is a shortened list of the new ETSI standards published during the past month:

  • - (October 2012) - LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC); Common test environments for User Equipment (UE) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.508 version 10.2.0 Release 10)
  • - (November 2012) - Global System for Mobile communications (GSM); Part 4: Harmonized EN for GSM Repeaters covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
  • - (November 2012) - LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.141 version 11.2.0 Release 11)
  • - (November 2012) - Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (UTRA) and Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Radio measurement collection for Minimization of Drive Tests (MDT); Overall description; Stage 2 (3GPP TS 37.320 version 11.1.0 Release 11)

See ETSI website for additional information.

EU: NEW IEC STANDARDS RECENTLY RELEASED

This is a shortened list of the new IEC standards published during the past month:

  • - (10/19/2012) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-24: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of infusion pumps and controllers
  • - (10/19/2012) - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Automatic identification systems (AIS) - Part 2: Class A shipborne equipment of the automatic identification system (AIS) - Operational and performance requirements, methods of test and required test results
  • - (10/25/2012) - Amendment 1 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-22: Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of surgical, cosmetic, therapeutic and diagnostic laser equipment
  • - (10/26/2012) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-22: Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of surgical, cosmetic, therapeutic and diagnostic laser equipment
  • - (10/30/2012) - Environmental testing - Part 2-78: Tests - Test Cab: Damp heat, steady state
  • - (10/30/2012) - LED modules for general lighting - Safety specifications
  • - (11/13/2012) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-4: Particular requirements for spin extractors
  • - (11/13/2012) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-9: Particular requirements for grills, toasters and similar portable cooking appliances
  • - (11/13/2012) - Safety of machinery - Functional safety of safety-related electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems
  • - (11/6/2012) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-5: Particular requirements for dishwashers
  • - (11/7/2012) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-14: Particular requirements for kitchen machines

See for additional information.

FCC – Open Commission Meeting on November 30, 2012

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that the following item will be on the tentative agenda for the next open meeting scheduled for Friday, November 30, 2012:

Expanding Nationwide Low Power Radio Opportunities Fifth Order on Reconsideration and Sixth Report and Order: The Commission will consider a Fifth Order on Reconsideration and Sixth Report and Order, which address the final procedures to approve more than 6,000 pending FM translator radio applications and implementation of the Local Community Radio Act. The consideration of these items will represent the final steps toward enabling non-profit groups nationwide to apply for low power radio licenses to further expand the diversity of local voices in the media landscape.

The Open Meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a。m。 in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S。W。, Washington, D。C。 The event will be shown live at 。

FCC – Regulatory Barriers Removed to Free Up 30 MHz Broadband Spectrum

On October 17, 2012, the FCC adopted revised rules to enable Wireless Communications Service (WCS) licensees’ to use a total of 30 megahertz of underutilized spectrum in the 2。3 GHz band for wireless broadband services, while protecting the adjacent Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) operator Sirius XM Radio Inc。 (Sirius XM) against harmful interference。 This action continues the FCC’s efforts to remove the regulatory barriers that are limiting the flexible use of spectrum for broadband services。

The revised rules are consistent with a compromise proposal between AT&T Inc. and Sirius XM designed to facilitate the efficient deployment and coexistence of the WCS and SDARS. Of the 30 megahertz of total spectrum, 20 megahertz may be used for mobile broadband services and 10 megahertz for fixed broadband services, with possible future use as downlink spectrum to serve mobile broadband devices.

The revised rules also provide Sirius XM greater certainty and flexibility by adopting conditions for identifying and resolving harmful interference to SDARS operations on roadways and by relaxing the SDARS licensee notification requirements for low power terrestrial repeaters and for minor modifications to repeaters。 WCS and SDARS licensees are encouraged to enter into coordination agreements with one another for interference mitigation。

Canada – Release of Framework for the Use of Certain Non-broadcasting Applications in the Television Broadcasting Bands Below 698 MHz

On October 30, 2012, Industry Canada released the paper entitled . Through the release of the paper, Industry Canada hereby announced the decisions resulting from the consultation process undertaken in Canada Gazette notice SMSE-012-11 — .

These decisions, announced in Canada Gazette notice SMSE-012-12, address the introduction of certain non-broadcasting applications in the television broadcasting bands below 698 MHz, specifically in the bands 54-72 MHz, 76-88 MHz, 174-216 MHz, 470-608 MHz and 614-698 MHz.

Canada – Consultation on Renewal Process for 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz Licenses

On October 18, 2012, Industry Canada released Notice . The intent of the notice is to announce the release of the above-mentioned consultation, which seeks to consult on the renewal process for licenses for wireless communication services (WCS) and fixed wireless access (FWA).

These services operate in the frequency bands 2305-2320 MHz and 2345-2360 MHz (2300 MHz band) and 3475-3650 MHz (3500 MHz band), respectively. Three auctions have been held to award licenses in these bands: a simultaneous multiple-round ascending (SMRA) auction in 2004, a two-phase residual auction in 2004 and 2005, and a sealed-bid, second-price auction in 2009.

Licenses awarded under these three auctions begin to expire in March 2014 and are within the scope of this renewal process. Industry Canada is seeking comments concerning the renewal of these licenses.

EU: Updated List of R&TTE and EMC Harmonized Standards

On October 23, 2012, the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union the following updated consolidated list of harmonized standards to be used for assessing compliance:

Ecuador – New Local Testing Requirements

Due to numerous fraudulent Type Approval applications, the Ecuadorian Authority, Superintendencia De Telecomunicaciones (SUPERTEL/SUPTEL) recently announced that effective immediately, all applications for certification must be accompanied by a sample for local functional testing, regardless of the technology. The local test requirement has always been in legislation but was previously only implemented for WWAN products. The local testing requirement is now being enforced for all technologies, including WLAN, BT and RFID. Because of this requirement, the lead time for Type Approvals may increase to ten weeks or more.

Please contact Rhein Tech if you have any questions regarding this change.

Bolivia – New Type Approval Regulations

斗地主达人During October 2012, the Bolivian Authority, ATT (Autoridad de Regulación y Fiscalización de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes), approved its new Regulation (Ley 164) which requires all products to have Type Approval before entering Bolivia. There have been many delays in the implementation of this Type Approval regulation, but now that it has been approved, and a Type Approval procedure is in development, the final procedure should be finalized within six months.

Type Approval requirements will remain voluntary until the Type Approval procedure is finalized. Full requirements for mandatory Type Approval will be confirmed once the procedure is in place and we will provide our readers with an additional update accordingly.

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