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MultiPoint Newsletter - August 2017

ISED Transmitter Integration

Question: We are integrating a Bluetooth device into our Canadian certified host radio, and adding a new antenna to the host radio. What is required to do so, and will we now have to change the Hardware Version Identification Number (HVIN) of our host radio?

Answer: If your Bluetooth device has modular approval, it can be integrated into the host radio, however, it must be determined if the two transmitters will operate simultaneously, and if so, it must be demonstrated that the radiated spurious emissions from either transmitter do not exceed the Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada spurious radiated emission limits of either radio. This can be demonstrated using ISED’s Class I Permissive Change (C1PC) process.

A new antenna can be added to the host transmitter per ISED’s Class II Permissive Change policy in RSP-100.

It is also important that the ISED Module and Host Product Labelling Requirements are followed:

  • The ISED Modular Approval (MA) or Limited Modular Approval (LMA) certified Bluetooth device must meet the labelling requirements of RSP-100 — Certification of Radio Apparatus, Section 3.1.
  • The Host Marketing Name (HMN) of the radio must be displayed or indicated at any location on its exterior or product packaging or product literature, and must be available with the host product or online.
  • The host product must be properly labelled to identify the Bluetooth module within its housing.
  • The ISED certification label of the Bluetooth module must always be clearly visible when installed in the host product; otherwise, the host product must be labelled to display the ISED certification number for the module, preceded by the word "Contains" or similar wording expressing the same meaning, as follows:

    “Contains IC: XXXXXX-YYYYYYYYY” where XXXXXX-YYYYYYYYYYY is the module's certification number.

The manufacturer of the Bluetooth certified module must provide to you with each certified module either a host label, as described above, or an explanation and instructions for the host product labelling requirements.


Bluetooth SIG Certification

Question: We are integrating our Bluetooth device into one of our other wireless products. Do we have to apply for a new Bluetooth SIG certification for this new integrated product?

Answer: No, you do not have to apply for a new Bluetooth SIG certification for the new integrated device. Assuming you have already declared your module with a corresponding Qualified Design Identification (QDID), you can simply add your new integrated wireless product to your existing listing. A single Declaration of Compliance (DoC) may include an unlimited number of products, if each product incorporates the same, unmodified QDID.

Products can be added to an existing Product List at any time without additional fees. When adding a new product to the Product List, you will be required to declare that the product incorporates the same Qualified Design/Compliant Portion as referenced in the original DoC.

For reference, here are the steps to add a product to your listing:

  1. Log into www.bluetooth.com
  2. Click on "My Listings" (http://www.bluetooth.org/tpg/My_Listings.cfm)
  3. Click on the Declaration ID you wish to add the product to
  4. Click "Add Product" to the existing Declaration ID
  5. Click "Update" to add the product
  6. Click "Update Listing" to save the product in the Declaration ID

Please note that only the Declaration ID owner can make changes to listings, and only to listings created after February 1, 2014。

斗地主达人Source: Joshua Graham, Program Coordinator, Qualification | Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Inc.


FCC Transmitter Integration

Question: We are the FCC grant holders for a Part 15 transmitting device and a licensed cellular modem with modular approval, and we intend to integrate both devices in a new housing. Does the FCC Class II permissive change policy apply?

Answer: The Class II permissive change policy is not applicable in this situation because under the current rules it would be considered adding additional hardware circuity (new transmitter), and this is not in accordance with 47CFR§2.1043. Once certified with its transmitter, the product must remain the same, with the exceptions listed in 47CFR2.1043.*

斗地主达人Currently, to add a new transmitter to a certified product or to an unintentional host, it is necessary to utilize the modular approval processes and procedures (or those for software defined radios as appropriate).

The integration of the unlicensed Part 15 transmitter with the licensed, modularly approved cellular modem in one housing should be done through a full modular approval, a limited modular approval, or a new FCC ID application. It is possible to convert the Part 15 transmitter certification to a modular certification, per the FCC’s modular approval policy, and then use the licensed, modularly approved cellular modem as the host.

Note that changing an unlicensed transmitter from non-modular to modular (single or limited single) or the reverse, is permissible if the changes meet all of the requirements for a permissive change per 47CFR§2.1043, and for a modular transmitter per 47CFR§15.212, and all other applicable rules. Please refer to KDB 996369 D01 Module Certification Guide v02 for additional information, as well as to the FAQ.

* Under specific circumstances, the FCC has previously permitted two individually finished/completed radios in their original enclosures (no sub-assemblies) to be installed into one weather proof housing。


FCC Grant Dismissal

Question: Under what circumstances will the FCC dismiss a grant?

Answer: A grant less than 30 days old may be set aside and dismissed per by the FCC or authorizing TCB. This typically occurs following an audit by the FCC or the authorizing TCB during which conditions of non-compliance with the FCC rules are found. Marketing and sales of the device must stop immediately.

In those cases where the grantee holder does not want the FCC grant to be dismissed, he must work with the TCB, and the FCC as may be necessary, to resolve the compliance issues, before a grant can be re-issued.

Grants over 30 days old may be dismissed by the FCC at the request of the grantee holder, or revoked by the FCC for non-compliance.

In the case of non-compliance found for products granted more than 30 days prior, the TCB that issued the grant, and the grant holder, must correct the non-compliance issues to the satisfaction of the FCC. If this is not done, the FCC will revoke the grant.

If you feel that the grant was revoked without proper cause, you have recourse per 47CFR1.113:

§1.113 Action modified or set aside by person, panel, or board

  1. Within 30 days after public notice has been given of any action taken pursuant to delegated authority, the person, panel, or board taking the action may modify or set it aside on its own motion.
  2. Within 60 days after notice of any sanction imposed under delegated authority has been served on the person affected, the person, panel, or board which imposed the sanction may modify or set it aside on its own motion.
  3. Petitions for reconsideration and applications for review shall be directed to the actions as thus modified, and the time for filing such pleadings shall be computed from the date upon which public notice of the modified action is given or notice of the modified sanction is served on the person affected.

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:

  • - (8/4/17) - Collection, logistics & treatment requirements for WEEE - Part 3-3: Specification for de-pollution - WEEE containing CRTs and flat panel displays
  • - (8/4/17) - Collection, logistics & Treatment requirements for WEEE - Part 5: Specification for the final treatment of WEEE fractions - Copper and precious metals
  • - (8/4/17) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-11: Testing and measurement techniques - Voltage dips, short interruptions and voltage variations immunity tests
  • - (8/18/17) - Alarm systems - Combined and integrated alarm systems - Part 1: General requirements

See for additional information.

EU: New ETSI Standards Recently Released

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

  • - (August 2017) - IMT cellular networks; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 2: CDMA Direct Spread (UTRA FDD) User Equipment (UE)
  • - (August 2017) - Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN); 5 GHz high performance RLAN; Mitigation techniques to enable sharing between RLANs and Road Tolling and Intelligent Transport Systems in the 5 725 MHz to 5 925 MHz band
  • - (August 2017) - Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; E-UTRA, UTRA and GSM/EDGE; Multi-Standard Radio (MSR) Base Station (BS) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) (3GPP TS 37.113 version 13.4.0 Release 13)
  • - (August 2017) - Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; E-UTRA, UTRA and GSM/EDGE; Multi-Standard Radio (MSR) Base Station (BS) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) (3GPP TS 37.113 version 14.2.0 Release 14)
  • - (August 2017) - Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Active Antenna System (AAS) Base Station (BS) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) (3GPP TS 37.114 version 13.3.0 Release 13)
  • - (August 2017) - Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Active Antenna System (AAS) Base Station (BS) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) (3GPP TS 37.114 version 14.1.0 Release 14)
  • - (September 2017) - Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 5: Devices using UWB technology onboard aircraft

See for additional information.

EU: New IEC Standards Recently Released

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

  • - (8/4/17) - Amendment 1 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-5: Testing and measurement techniques - Surge immunity test
  • - (8/4/17) - Amendment 1 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-2: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Coupling devices for conducted disturbance measurements
  • - (8/4/17) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-5: Testing and measurement techniques - Surge immunity test
  • - (8/4/17) - Explosive atmospheres - Part 7: Equipment protection by increased safety "e"
  • - (8/9/17) - Transmitting equipment for radiocommunication - Radio-over fibre technologies for electromagnetic-field measurement - Part 1: Radio-over-fibre technologies for antenna measurement
  • - (8/10/17) - Transformers, power supplies, reactors and similar products - EMC requirements
  • - (8/23/17) - Determination of RF field strength, power density and SAR in the vicinity of radiocommunication base stations for the purpose of evaluating human exposure
  • - (8/23/17) - Interpretation Sheet 1 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-15: Testing and measurement techniques - Flickermeter - Functional and design specifications
  • - (8/24/17) - Explosive atmospheres - Part 18: Equipment protection by encapsulation "m"
  • - (8/25/17) - Metallic cables and other passive components test methods - Part 4-6: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Surface transfer impedance - line injection method
  • - (8/31/17) - Metallic cables and other passive components test methods - Part 4-6: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Surface transfer impedance - line injection method
  • - (8/25/17) - Explosive atmospheres - Part 46: Equipment assemblies
  • - (9/1/17) - Environmental testing - Part 2-52: Tests - Test Kb: Salt mist, cyclic (sodium chloride solution)
  • - (9/8/17) - Reference conditions and procedures for testing industrial and process measurement transmitters - Part 1: General procedures for all types of transmitters

See for additional information.

FCC – Upcoming TCBC Training and Workshop

The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its Fall 2017 Workshop October 30 - November 2, 2017 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. This 4-day event includes the customary 3-day workshop from Tuesday, October 31 – Thursday, November 2, with Monday, October 30 devoted to SAR Basics training, to provide a foundation for RF Exposure issues in the FCC/ISED requirements.

Among other topics, the workshop will include FCC, ISED Canada, and SAR updates, roundtable discussions, etc。 Full details can be found 。

Cayman Islands – New Type Approval process

On August 15, 2017 Cayman Islands Regulator, Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg), implemented a new Type Approval process effective immediately with primary changes as follows:

  • Online submission format
  • Type Approval fees added

The following previous requirements are still in effect:

  • Certification Marks on packaging and/or equipment are not required by OfReg
  • Type Approval Certificates are valid for 10 years

These changes do not impact devices already approved, and all Type Approval applications submitted before August 15, 2017 are being processed under the former procedure; it is not necessary to re-submit these applications, and the new approval fees will not apply.

Taiwan – Draft Update for Low Power Radio Devices

On June 30, 2017, Taiwan’s Regulator National Communications Commission (NCC) announced proposed amendments to Technical Regulation LP0002 for Low-power Radio-frequency devices. The implementation date for the new LP0002 standard is unclear at this time. Proposed changes are as follows:

  • Addition to the Frequency Allocation Table newly announced frequency bands for mobile broadband business
  • Extension of the frequency band available for RFID devices from 922-928 MHz to 920-928 MHz
  • Allocation of new frequency bands for ‘other IoT devices’: 920 to 925 MHz

Paraguay – Type Approvals Delayed

Due to political unrest in Paraguay, CONATEL expects delays of 13 weeks or more in the Type Approval process。

Chile - Modular Approvals Not Allowed

Recently, Chilean Regulator Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL) advised that type approval applications for modular devices are no longer accepted. There is no retrospective impact on devices already approved, and existing type approval certificates for modular devices remain valid. It should be noted that if a module previously approved in Chile causes interference issues, it will be subject to review by SUBTEL.

Argentina - New Low Power Device Standard

Argentina ENACOM released the new Q2-60-14 v17。1 Standard for Low Power Devices, incorporating the latest resolutions and changes as summarized below:

  • Maximum output power of 401-406 MHz band: 18.260 μV/m @ 3m
  • Maximum output power of 433.075-434.775 MHz band: 366000 μV/m @ 3m
  • Addition of UWB bands (3100-10600 MHz)
  • Correction of limits of 22 GHz bands: 22000-26650 MHz

This replaces version 16.1. Some of the devices this applies to are:

  • Alarms and motion detectors
  • Closed-Circuit Televisions
  • Industrial Control Devices
  • Access Controls
  • Wireless Audio Devices
  • RFID
  • Transportation Telematics Equipment
  • Telemetry Systems

Below is the updated frequency bands and electric field table:

 

Niger – Resumption of Type Approval Process

斗地主达人After three years of delay, Niger regulator ARTP has resumed Type Approval processing. Changes from prior regulation and process are as follows:

  • Samples are required for 2G, 3G, 4G and personal computers
  • Type Approval certificates will be issued (instead of approval letter as in the past)
  • Type approval certificates are now valid for 10 years
  • An original DoC may be required for approval

Rwanda – Updates to Type Approval Process

Recently we were informed that Rwandan authority RURA will implement new type approval regulations within the next few months。 We anticipate increased Type Approval fees and a new sample requirement for the following devices:

  • Telephone/Cell Phone
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Keyless Entry
  • Handheld Equipment

Israel - Regulators Closed for Jewish New Year

Israeli RF and Safety Regulators, Ministry of Communications (MoC) and the Standards Institution of Israel (SII), announced office closures from September 15 to October 15, 2017。 During this period, no Type Approval applications can be submitted to MoC or SII; delays will also occur for applications currently under review。

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