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MultiPoint Newsletter - February 2018

RF Exposure for Equipment Operating above 95 GHz

Question: We are developing a wireless product that will operate above 95 GHz. Will the FCC require Radio Frequency (RF Exposure) hazard testing for wireless devices that operate above 95 GHz?

Answer: The FCC released FCC 18-17, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), on February 28, 2018, seeking comments on its plan to facilitate innovative services and technologies in the spectrum above 95 GHz by making it more readily accessible. Per FCC 18‑17, it is clear that the FCC expects licensees with products that operate in the bands 95‑100 GHz, 102‑109.5 GHz, 111.8‑114.25 GHz, 122.25‑123 GHz, 130‑134 GHz, 141‑148.5 GHz, 151.5‑158.5 GHz, 174.5‑174.8 GHz, 231.5‑232 GHz, and 240‑241 GHz to adhere to its RF exposure requirements parameters found in §1.1307(b), §2.1091 and §2.1093. 


Frequency Stability for Equipment Operating above 95 GHz

Question: Based on FCC 18‑17, will the FCC require frequency stability as a function of temperature and voltage for wireless devices that operate above 95 GHz?

Answer: As currently written, FCC 18‑17 will require compliance to the frequency stability rules and regulations for unlicensed devices in the bands 95‑100 GHz, 102‑109.5 GHz, 111.8‑114.25 GHz, 122.25‑123 GHz, 130‑134 GHz, 141‑148.5 GHz, 151.5‑158.5 GHz, 174.5‑174.8 GHz, 231.5‑232 GHz, and 240‑241 GHz bands. The fundamental emissions must be contained within the frequency bands specified above during all conditions of operation. The FCC expects unlicensed equipment will operate over the temperature range −20 to +50 degrees Celsius with an input voltage variation of 85% to 115% of rated input voltage, unless justification is provided that proves otherwise. Conversely, licensed devices that operate above 95 GHz are exempt from frequency stability as a function of temperature and voltage in the aforementioned bands.


FCC Spectrum Access System

Question: What is the purpose of the FCC Spectrum Access System (SAS)?

Answer: The SAS is a spectrum sharing agenda adopted by the FCC for the 3550‑3650 MHz section of the 3.5 GHz band that coordinates spectrum access among incumbent military radars, satellite earth stations, and new commercial users.

There are three tiers of use: incumbent military radars, Priority Access License (PAL), and General Authorized Access (GAA). The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) conditionally approved four entities as Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) operators in the 3550‑3600 MHz portion of the 3.5 GHz band: CommScope, Federated Wireless, Inc., Google, Inc., and Key Bridge Wireless LLC.

These ESC operators manage a sensor system designed to detect the presence of federal incumbent radar transmissions and communicate the information to one or more Spectrum Access Systems (SAS) in accordance with the FCC rules, and enable more dynamic sharing between federal and non-federal users in this band, particularly in coastal areas.

Kurt Schaubach, CTO, Federated Wireless, provides an informative description of the SAS in the CBRS Alliance blog .


FCC Certification for U.S. Territories and Possessions

Question:斗地主达人 Our device has FCC certification. Does this certification allow us to sell our device in Puerto Rico?

Answer: If a device receives FCC certification per Part 2 Subpart J, it can be marketed and used throughout the U.S. and its territories and possessions including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, per the Communications Act of 1934. While additional equipment authorization is typically not required for use in these insular areas, the specified frequency must not conflict with the applicable frequency allocations, e.g. the International Table of Frequency Allocations for Region 2 (the Americas), or Region 3 (the Pacific, including Guam), or the National Table of Frequency Allocations administered by the FCC.


Standards Updates

EU: New CENELEC Standards Recently Released

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

  • - (February 2018) - Environmental testing - Part 2: Tests - Test Kb: Salt mist, cyclic (sodium chloride solution)
  • - (February 2018) - Luminaires - Part 1: General requirements and tests
  • - (February 2018) - Electroacoustics - Audio-frequency induction loop systems for assisted hearing - Part 1: Methods of measuring and specifying the performance of system components
  • - (February 2018) - Electric welding equipment - Assessment of restrictions related to human exposure to electromagnetic fields (0 Hz to 300 Hz) - Part 3: Resistance welding equipment
  • - (February 2018) - Reference conditions and procedures for testing industrial and process measurement transmitters - Part 1: General procedures for all types of transmitters
  • - (March 2018) - Safety in installations for electroheating and electromagnetic processing - Part 12: Particular requirements for infrared electroheating

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:

  • - (February 2018) - Meteorological Aids (Met Aids); Radiosondes to be used in the 400,15 MHz to 406 MHz frequency range with power levels ranging up to 200 mW; Harmonised Standard for access to radio spectrum
  • - (February 2018) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Definition of radio parameters

See for additional information.

EU: New IEC Standards Recently Released

斗地主达人This is a shortened list of the new IEC standards published during the past month:

  • - (2/6/2018) - Exposure assessment methods for wireless power transfer systems
  • - (2/7/2018) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 6-4: Generic standards - Emission standard for industrial environments
  • - (2/7/2018) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 6-4: Generic standards - Emission standard for industrial environments
  • - (2/9/2018) - Amendment 1 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-5: Particular requirements for dishwashers
  • - (2/9/2018) - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 1: General
  • - (2/9/2018) - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 1: General
  • - (2/9/2018) - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 2: Emission of the whole railway system to the outside world
  • - (2/9/2018) - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 2: Emission of the whole railway system to the outside world
  • - (2/9/2018) - Railway applications - Rolling stock - Rules for installation of cabling
  • - (2/12/2018) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-55: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of respiratory gas monitors
  • - (2/14/2018) - Information technology - Underwater acoustic sensor network (UWASN) - Part 1: Overview and requirements
  • - (2/15/2018) - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 4: Emission and immunity of the signalling and telecommunications apparatus
  • - (2/16/2018) - Nuclear power plants - Instrumentation and control systems important to safety - Selection and use of wireless devices
  • - (2/20/2018) - Environmental testing - Part 2: Tests - ALL PARTS
  • - (2/20/2018) - Explosive atmospheres - ALL PARTS
  • - (2/20/2018) - Primary batteries - ALL PARTS
  • - (2/20/2018) - Safety of machinery - Electrical equipment of machines - ALL PARTS
  • - (2/20/2018) - Medical electrical equipment - ALL PARTS
  • - (2/20/2018) - Safety of laser products - ALL PARTS
  • - (2/16/2018) - Limits and methods of measurement of radio disturbance characteristics of electrical lighting and similar equipment

See for additional information.

Canada – SLPB-001-18, License Renewal Process for AWS-1 and PCS

斗地主达人In February 2018, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) released which sets decisions with respect to the license renewal process related to eligibility for renewal, license terms, deployment requirements, and other conditions for new licenses for the following spectrum bands:

  • Advanced Wireless Services band 1710‑1755 MHz/2110‑2155 MHz (AWS-1)
  • Personal Communications Services (PCS) extension bands 1910‑1915 MHz/1990‑1995 MHz (G Block)
  • 1670‑1675 MHz (I Block)

Indonesia – New Radio Frequency Regulation Draft

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has released a draft regulation to permit WLAN products to operate on 5150‑5250 MHz (Band 1), 5250‑5350 MHz (Band 2), and 5470‑5725 MHz (Band 3), in addition to the previously allowed frequencies 2400‑2483.5 MHz and 5725‑5825 MHz (Band 4). Until a final regulation is approved, WLAN devices will only be allowed to function on frequencies of 2400-2483.5 MHz and 5725‑5825 MHz (Band 4).

Ukraine – New RED-Based Technical Regulation

On April 1, 2018, in accordance with Decree #355 of the Council of Ministers of Ukraine, a new Technical Regulation based upon the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, will come into effect for radio-based products in Ukraine. This regulation includes a transition period until April 1, 2019 during which manufacturers may continue to ship products approved under the R&TTE.

The new regulation requires that manufacturers and importers continue to confirm compliance of their equipment to the Ukrainian national standards through self-declaration and registration, or by Application for RED certification through Ukrainian Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs). However, not all of the new RED technical standards have been produced, and it is therefore impossible for manufacturers or importers to confirm compliance via self-declaration and registration. A new list of technical standards is anticipated to be approved during the second half of 2018. Additionally, no changes will be made to the National Mark of Conformity under the RED.

斗地主达人Prior to April 1, 2018, radio equipment will be assessed under the Ukrainian Technical Regulation of Radio Equipment and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (R&TTE)。

Brazil – ANATEL Resolutions Replaced by New Acts

On February 9, 2018, Brazil’s ANATEL revoked certain resolutions and replaced them with new acts. Resolutions 529 (Safety), 442 (EMC), 533 (SAR), and 481 (Batteries/Chargers for Mobile Phones) have been replaced by New Acts 950/2018, 952/2018, 955/2018, and 951/2018 respectively. Note that there are no changes to the requirements specified in the previous resolutions.

The New Acts can be found at:

Kenya – Proposed Regulation for IoT Devices

Kenya’s Communications Authority recently published a notification for a public consultation regarding upcoming technologies in the IoT (Internet of Things), M2M arenas, and specifically embedded SIMs (eSIMs). This consultation proposes national and international regulations to which eSIM devices must adhere, as well as changes to numbering assignation. Interested parties are to submit comments by March 6, 2018; details can be found .

Colombia – CRC 5050 Postponed Indefinitely

斗地主达人Recently, Columbia’s Telecommunications Authority issued CRC Resolution 5300 of 2018 providing new information regarding “Revision of the homologation regime of terminal equipment”。 CRC 5050 of 2016 was scheduled to come into effect on February 1, 2018, requiring all terminal equipment utilizing cellular bands to be homologated, even if the devices are only capable of data transmission。 However, the implementation of CRC 5050 has been postponed indefinitely as the Authority continues to develop its homologations program。 Until further notice, all devices using cellular frequencies for data only can continue being certified under the “no homologation process”。

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