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MultiPoint Newsletter - January 2017

Ultra-Wideband Devices

Question: What information does the FCC require in a certification application report for an ultra-wideband (UWB) device?

Answer: At a minimum, the FCC requires the following information be included in a UWB application report:

  • FCC UWB category for your device, e.g., handheld, indoor, imaging, surveillance, radar, etc., and the respective FCC application rule part;
  • -10 dB bandwidth (the lower frequency (fL), and upper frequency (fH)); 
  • Maximum observed frequency emission level (fM);
  • Description of procedure used to determine the UWB bandwidth;
  • Maximum radiated emissions (including narrowband emissions), and the associated frequencies observed in each frequency band identified in the applicable emission limits tables;
    • If no emissions are observed in each frequency band identified in the applicable emission limits tables, the minimum sensitivity (noise floor) of the measurement system in these bands must be reported in order to demonstrate that the measurement system is capable of detecting emissions down to the level dictated by the applicable emissions limit.
  • Complete description of the measurement system, including antenna (with gain and factor), and preamplifier (with noise figure and gain), at each frequency for which a data point is provided (peak emission frequency, -10 dB points, etc.);
  • Calibration information for the measurement systems;
  • If applicable, all digital circuitry emissions exceeding the applicable UWB limits, and a complete description of the process used to justify invoking the exception stated in ;
  • A description of the technique used to determine RMS average emission levels;
  • A detailed description of the test site used, e.g, test chamber, outdoor test site, with or without a ground plane floor, and any other pertinent information;
  • As applicable, the presence of required operating labels and/or a manual disable switch;
  • Description of the pulse characteristics (PRF, pulse width, etc.), and if the pulse is pseudo random (dithered) or periodic (a plot of the pulse train is useful); 
  • Test setup photographs of the measurement system with the device under test.

Eavesdropping Devices

Question:斗地主达人 What is the FCC’s position on eavesdropping devices?

Answer: Both and state that it is prohibited to operate a device for the purpose of overhearing or recording private conversations unless authorized by all parties in the conversation, however this prohibition does not apply to law enforcement operations conducted under lawful authority.


Signal Boosters

Question: How does the FCC define consumer signal boosters?

Answer: As described in Section 2 of KDB 935210 D04 Signal Booster Provider Specific v02, a signal booster is defined as a device that automatically receives, amplifies, and retransmits, on a bidirectional or unidirectional basis, the signals received from base, fixed, mobile, or portable stations, with no change in frequency or authorized bandwidth. A consumer signal booster is defined as a bidirectional signal booster that is marketed and sold to the general public for use without modification.

The bidirectional operation of consumer signal boosters can introduce ambiguities when using conventional RF input and RF output port descriptions, because a single RF port can represent both an RF input and RF output port (e.g., a downlink signal input and an uplink signal output). Thus, the terms donor port and server port are often used for bidirectional signal boosters. The term “donor port” of a bidirectional signal booster refers to the RF port that receives the downlink signal from a base station transmitter, and which also re-transmits an amplified uplink signal received from a mobile user. The term “server port” refers to the RF port that receives the uplink signal from a mobile user, and which also transmits the amplified downlink signal received from a base station transmitter. For a wideband consumer signal booster, multiple uplink and downlink bands can be used.

Consumer signal boosters can also be operated on either a fixed or mobile platform. Fixed consumer signal boosters are designed to be operated in a fixed location within a building, whereas a mobile consumer signal booster is intended to operate in a moving vehicle where both the uplink and downlink transmitting antennas are at least 20 cm from the user or any other person.


Level Probing Radar

Question: We have a Level Probing Radar (LPR) device that is designed using ultra-wideband (UWB) circuitry. Which FCC rule part applies to our device?

Answer: applies to UWB transmitters intended solely for indoor operation, and states that field disturbance sensors installed inside of metal or underground storage tanks are considered to operate indoors provided the emissions are directed towards the ground.


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:

  •  - 12/2/2016 - Procedure for the assessment of the exposure to electromagnetic fields of workers bearing active implantable medical devices - Part 2-1: Specific assessment for workers with cardiac pacemakers
  • - 12/2/2016 - Procedure for the assessment of the exposure to electromagnetic fields of workers bearing active implantable medical devices - Part 1: General
  •  - 12/2/2016 - Power sources for a wireless communication device - Part 1: General requirements of power modules
  • - 12/2/2016 - Power sources for a wireless communication device - Part 2: Profile for power modules with batteries
  • - 12/16/2016 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-10: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of nerve and muscle stimulators
  • - 12/16/2016 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-19: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of infant incubators
  • - 12/16/2016 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-50: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of infant phototherapy equipment
  • - 12/21/2016 - Medical devices - Quality management systems - Requirements for regulatory purposes (ISO 13485:2016)
  • - 12/23/2016 - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 4: Emission and immunity of the signalling and telecommunications apparatus
  • - 1/13/2017 - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 1: General
  • - 1/13/2017 - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 2: Emission of the whole railway system to the outside world
  • - 1/20/2017 - Audio, video and similar electronic apparatus - Safety requirements
  • - 1/20/2017 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-30: Testing and measurement techniques - Power quality measurement methods
  • - 1/20/2017 - Exposure to electric or magnetic fields in the low and intermediate frequency range - Methods for calculating the current density and internal electric field induced in the human body - Part 3-1: Exposure to electric fields - Analytical and 2D numerical models
  • - 1/20/2017 - Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment - Part 1: Safety requirements (IEC 62368-1:2014, modified)

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:

  • - (December 2016) - Land Mobile Service; Radio equipment intended for the transmission of data (and/or speech) using constant or non-constant envelope modulation and having an antenna connector; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (December 2016) - Short Range Devices (SRD) operating in the frequency range 25 MHz to 1 000 MHz; Part 3-1: Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU; Low duty cycle high reliability equipment, social alarms equipment operating on designated frequencies (869,200 MHz to 869,250 MHz)
  • - (December 2016) - Short Range Devices (SRD); Tank Level Probing Radar (TLPR) equipment operating in the frequency ranges 4,5 GHz to 7 GHz, 8,5 GHz to 10,6 GHz, 24,05 GHz to 27 GHz, 57 GHz to 64 GHz, 75 GHz to 85 GHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (December 2016) - Short Range Devices (SRD); Level Probing Radar (LPR) equipment operating in the frequency ranges 6 GHz to 8,5 GHz, 24,05 GHz to 26,5 GHz, 57 GHz to 64 GHz, 75 GHz to 85 GHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (December 2016) - Short Range Devices; Transport and Traffic Telematics (TTT); Radar equipment operating in the 24,05 GHz to 24,25 GHz or 24,05 GHz to 24,50 GHz range; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (December 2016) - Short Range Devices; Measurement Techniques for Automotive and Surveillance Radar Equipment
  • - (December 2016) - Short Range Devices (SRD); Radio equipment for Euroloop railway systems; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (December 2016) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 27: Specific conditions for Ultra Low Power Active Medical Implants (ULP-AMI) and related peripheral devices (ULP-AMI-P); Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.1(b) of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (December 2016) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 29: Specific conditions for Medical Data Service Devices (MEDS) operating in the 401 MHz to 402 MHz and 405 MHz to 406 MHz bands; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.1(b) of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (December 2016) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 35: Specific requirements for Low Power Active Medical Implants (LP-AMI) operating in the 2 483,5 MHz to 2 500 MHz bands; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.1(b) of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (January 2017) - Wireless Microphones; Audio PMSE up to 3 GHz; Part 1: Class A Receivers; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (January 2017) - LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Base Station (BS) and repeater ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) (3GPP TS 36.113 version 13.3.0 Release 13)
  • - (January 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 13.3.0 Release 13)
  • - (January 2017) - Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) on-board vessels communications systems and equipment; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU

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:

  • - 12/6/2016 - Safety of primary and secondary lithium cells and batteries during transport
  • - 12/8/2016 - Medical electrical equipment Part 2-41: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of surgical luminaries and luminaries for diagnosis
  • - 12/15/2016 - Corrigendum 2 - Audio, video and similar electronic apparatus - Safety requirements
  • - 12/15/2016 - Safety in installations for electroheating and electromagnetic processing - Part 12: Particular requirements for infrared electroheating
  • - 12/15/2016 - Corrigendum 1 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-40: Testing and measurement techniques - Power quality measurement methods
  • - 12/16/2016 - Amendment 1 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-5: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Antenna calibration sites and reference test sites for 5 MHz to 18 GHz
  • - 12/16/2016 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-5: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Antenna calibration sites and reference test sites for 5 MHz to 18 GHz
  • - 12/23/2016 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-39: Testing and measurement techniques - Radiated fields in close proximity - Immunity test
  • - 12/23/2016 - Electric toys - Safety
  • - 1/10/2017 - Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use - Part 1: General requirements
  • - 1/13/2017 - Amendment 1 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-6: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - EMC antenna calibration
  • - 1/13/2017 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-6: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - EMC antenna calibration
  • - 1/19/2017 - Amendment 2 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-4: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Antennas and test sites for radiated disturbance measurements
  • - 1/19/2017 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-4: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - Antennas and test sites for radiated disturbance measurements
  • - 1/19/2017 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 2-5: Environment - Description and classification of electromagnetic environments
  • - 1/19/2017 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 2-5: Environment - Description and classification of electromagnetic environments
  • - 1/23/2017 - Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes - Vented nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells

See for additional information.

EU - Updated List of RED Harmonized Standards

On December 9, 2016, the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union an updated, consolidated list of harmonized standards for the R&TTE Directive (RED); go to

Mexico – Procedure to Obtain New IFT-008 Certificates

On December 6, 2016, Mexico’s IFETEL announced its new procedure to obtain IFT-008 certificates for spread spectrum products (frequency bands of 2.4 GHz, 5725-5850 MHz and 902-928 MHz) will be similar to the past procedure with the following steps:

  1. Test the sample in an accredited lab.
  2. Submit the test report and application to NYCE and pay NYCE fee as normal.
  3. NYCE will issue the CoC certificate, which in this case will be an IFT-008 CoC certificate until NOM-208 is enforced.
  4. Submit the NYCE IFT-008 certificate to IFETEL and pay IFETEL fee.
  5. IFETEL will issue IFT-008 certificate 4 to 6 weeks later.

Once NOM-208 is enforced, all products must have a NOM-208 certificate prior to importation.

China – SRRC Type Approval Not Required for Low Power Short Range Devices

斗地主达人As of December 1, 2016, China’s SRRC will no longer require Type Approval for Low Power Short Range devices, and no certificates will be issued for these devices. However, it should be noted that Bluetooth and WLAN devices are still subject to SRRC Type Approval.

Indonesia – Possible Paperwork-Only Type Approval Process

Indonesia’s Direktorat Jenderal Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika (SDPPI) recently indicated that a new policy is under consideration whereby paperwork only will be required for Indonesia’s Type Approval process。 This new policy is expected to run in parallel with the current Type Approval process in place whereby local testing is conducted。 Manufacturers will then have the option to proceed with either the new paperwork-only process or the existing local testing process。 This new policy has not yet been published or released, but is expected to come into force in 2017。

Tonga – Type Approval Guidelines Issued

Tonga’s Ministry of Information & Communication (MIC) issued an Official Guideline requiring all communication equipment with radio or satellite technology to be type approved by MIC prior to being imported and marketed for use in Tonga. The following equipment is exempted from the requirement:

  • Laptops, personal computers, tablets, and car radios with short range radio technology such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Digital displays or LCD screens for digital cameras, printers, car audios
  • Receiver-only radio equipment intended to be used solely for the reception of sound (radio) and terrestrial TV broadcasting services, including satellite dishes and aerials
  • Short range (50 meters) infrared remote control equipment, including TV remote controls, toys, car door openers, garage door openers, etc.
  • Terminal equipment used by licensed radio amateurs for personal use

India - In-Country Branch Office Requirement

India is becoming stricter with its requirement that all foreign applicants set up a liaison office or branch office located in India which meets all liabilities and obligations with respect to the BIS Act, 1986, and the Rules and Regulation for the purpose of registration, on behalf of the foreign manufacturer. Therefore, if a foreign manufacturer has a local office in India, they must nominate a member from the local office to act as the Authorized Indian Representative (AIR).

Vietnam— Draft Regulation Update

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has issued several draft regulations to replace the current Circular 05/2014/TT‐BTTTT. This draft is currently in its 3rd revision and possibly additional amendments will be made before the implementation date of October 1, 2017. Currently, the most significant changes are as follows:

  • 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands will not be considered SRDs. This means these devices which operate under 60mW will still not require Type Approval, and a Letter of No Accreditation (LoNA) can still be obtained.
  • 866‐868 MHz RFID equipment has been added to the SRD list. Per the current procedure, Type Approval is required.
  • UWB equipment has been added to the SRD list.
  • 60 GHz WiGig equipment have been added to the SRD list.
  • Testing to one additional standard will be required for GSM devices.
  • Testing to one additional standard will be required for W‐CDMA FDD devices.
  • 25‐2000 MHz wireless audio equipment has been added to the SRD list.
  • Lithium batteries used in mobile phones, notebooks and tablets have been added to the list of products subject to Announcement of Standard Conformity (DoC).

斗地主达人NOTE: All Type Approval Certificates already in place will remain valid until their expiration.

Pakistan – List of Devices Exempt from Type Approval

Recently, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) published a list of devices exempt from Type Approval。 The listed devices do not require type approval/no objection letter (NOC) from PTA, and may be directly imported as per customs procedures。 The list includes the following devices:

  • Networking Equipment (switches, firewalls, servers, storage devices)
  • Laptops/Desktops/Personal Computer (PC)
  • Tablet PC with Wi-Fi-only functionality (non-SIM based devices)
  • GPS-only devices
  • Smart watches with Bluetooth/Wi-Fi functionality only (without SIM or tracking features)
  • 13.56 MHz RFID/Bluetooth/NFC devices

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