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MultiPoint Newsletter - January 2018

UWB Device Bandwidth Limitation

Question: We have an ultra-wideband (UWB) device designed for a European military application that we would like to certify with the FCC. What is the FCC’s bandwidth limitation for a UWB device?

Answer: FCC compliance requires that the entire fundamental bandwidth (the portion of the spectrum between the outermost −10 dB points) be completely contained within the authorized frequency band. Therefore, it is not acceptable if only the center frequency of the UWB device is within the FCC authorized frequency band. In the case of a ground penetrating radar (GPR) seeking authorization per 47CFR§15.509, the emissions spectrum fundamental bandwidth must be located below 960 MHz.

For additional UWB information, please refer to the UWB FAQ KDB斗地主达人 published January 29, 2018.


UWB Application Requirements

Question: We are seeking FCC certification for our UWB device. What information must we include with the application?

Answer: In addition to the requirements specified in 47CFR§2.947, 47CFR§2.911, 47CFR§2.1033(b), 47CFR§15.31, 47CFR§15.203, and 47CFR§15.521, the following information is required for a UWB certification:

  • UWB application category (e.g., imaging device, indoor system, handheld device), with the applicable rule section from 47CFR§15.509 - 47CFR§15.519.
  • The lower and upper −10 dB frequencies (fL and fH, respectively) and the frequency of the maximum observed emission level (fM), including a frequency vs. amplitude plot to graphically depict these values.
  • The maximum radiated emissions, including narrowband emissions, and the associated frequencies observed in each frequency band identified in the applicable emission limit tables.
  • If no emissions observed in the aforementioned frequency bands, the minimum sensitivity (noise floor) of the measurement system in these bands should be reported in order to show that the measurement system can detect emissions down to the level indicated by the applicable emissions limit.
  • 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 47CFR§15.521(c).
  • Frequency vs. amplitude plots depicting the measured fundamental emission, the out-of-band emission domain, and the emissions into the GPS frequency bands.
  • Where applicable, the location of required operating labels and/or a manual disable switch.
  • Photographs depicting the measurement system set-up and the device under test.

Radio Equipment Directive Compliance Association

Question: Though we submit similar products of the same type, we find that the Notified Bodies (NBs) we utilize often provide different opinions about seemingly the same product. How does the European Union (EU) ensure consistency of the application of the standards amongst the NBs?

Answer: The Radio Equipment Directive Compliance Association (REDCA) was established so the conformity assessment procedures are applied consistently by all parties in order to promote an open and competitive market throughout Europe.

The REDCA has the following responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the effective implementation of the relevant legislation.
  • Facilitate conformity assessment practices within the regulatory sector.
  • Interface with organizations such as ETSI, the ECC (Electronic Communications Committee of the CEPT) and ADCO RED (Group on ADministrative COoperation).
  • Issue Technical Guidance Notes (TGNs) developed to assist the NBs (some TGNs may have useful background information for manufacturers).
  • Provide other type of reference documents to support the NBs.

Additional information on the REDCA can be found in the RED Guide Section 6 and Annex I, and at 。


Custom-Built Evaluation Kits under the RED

Question: At the request of a customer, we manufactured a wireless device that we consider to be a custom-built evaluation kit, and therefore exempt from the RED. What criteria define a custom-built evaluation kit?

Answer: The criteria for a custom-built evaluation kit are:

  • The wireless device must be built specifically at the request of, and per the requirements of, a customer or a group of customers that may be involved in the research and development of the wireless device, or certain characteristics of the wireless device.
  • The wireless device must be a unique design and have characteristics that make it suitable only for research and development projects.

斗地主达人Note: If the kit is provided to customers on a regular basis, or the kit is no longer used for the joint research and development project for which it was intended, the kit can no longer be considered a custom-built evaluation kit and is now subject to the RED。


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:

  • - 12/13/2017 - Conformity assessment - Requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies (ISO/IEC 17011:2017)
  • - 12/13/2017 - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025:2017)
  • - 12/15/2017 - Investigation Results on Electromagnetic Interference in the Frequency Range below 150 kHz
  • - 1/12/2018 - Product standard for human exposure to electromagnetic fields from devices operating in the frequency range 0 Hz to 300 GHz, used in Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and similar applications
  • - 1/12/2018 - Safety of household and similar appliances - Part 2-107: Particular requirements for robotic battery powered electrical lawnmowers
  • - 1/19/2018 - Guidelines for product committees on the preparation of standards related to human exposure from electromagnetic fields
  • - 1/19/2018 - Explosive atmospheres - Part 7: Equipment protection by increased safety "e"
  • - 1/19/2018 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 6-5: Generic standards - Immunity for equipment used in power station and substation environment
  • - 1/19/2018 - Voltage sourced converter (VSC) valves for static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) - Electrical Testing
  • - Home and Building Electronic Systems (HBES) and Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) - Part 3: Electrical safety requirements
  • - 2/2/2018 - 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

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 2017) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for fixed and in-motion Earth Stations communicating with non-geostationary satellite systems (NEST) in the 11 GHz to 14 GHz frequency bands covering essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (January 2018) - Avalanche Beacons operating at 457 kHz; Transmitter-receiver systems; Part 1: Harmonised Standard for access to radio spectrum
  • - (January 2018) - Avalanche Beacons operating at 457 kHz; Transmitter-receiver systems; Part 2: Harmonised Standard for features for emergency services
  • - (January 2018) - Short Range Devices (SRD); Metal and object detection sensors in the frequency range 1 kHz to 148,5 kHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (January 2018) - White Space Devices (WSD); Wireless Access Systems operating in the 470 MHz to 790 MHz TV broadcast band; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (January 2018) - Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Active Antenna System (AAS) Base Station (BS) conformance testing; Part 2: radiated conformance testing (3GPP TS 37.145-2 version 14.3.0 Release 14)
  • - (January 2018) - Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Active Antenna System (AAS) Base Station (BS) conformance testing; Part 2: radiated conformance testing (3GPP TS 37.145-2 version 13.5.0 Release 13)

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:

  • - (12/13/2017) - Corrigendum 1 - Electrostatics - Part 1: Electrostatic phenomena - Principles and measurements
  • - (12/19/2017) - Electrostatics - Part 4-3: Standard test methods for specific applications - Footwear
  • - (1/8/2018) - Safety of laser products - ALL PARTS
  • - (1/9/2018) - Connectors for electrical and electronic equipment - Product requirements - Part 3-126: Rectangular connectors - Detail specification for 5 pole power connector for industrial environments with push-pull locking
  • - (1/9/2018) - Measurement procedure for the assessment of specific absorption rate of human exposure to radio frequency fields from hand-held and body-mounted wireless communication devices - Vector measurement-based systems (Frequency range of 30 MHz to 6 GHz)
  • - (1/10/2018) - Global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS) - Part 7: Shipborne VHF radiotelephone transmitter and receiver - Operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results
  • - (1/10/2018) - Amendment 1 - Global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS) - Part 7: Shipborne VHF radiotelephone transmitter and receiver - Operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results
  • - (1/15/2018) - Integrated circuits - EMC evaluation of transceivers - Part 1: General conditions and definitions
  • - (1/16/2018) - Low-voltage electrical installations - Part 4-44: Protection for safety - Protection against voltage disturbances and electromagnetic disturbances
  • - (1/16/2018) - Amendment 2 - Low-voltage electrical installations - Part 4-44: Protection for safety - Protection against voltage disturbances and electromagnetic disturbances
  • - (1/19/2018) - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Digital interfaces - Part 460: Multiple talkers and multiple listeners - Ethernet interconnection - Safety and security
  • - (1/26/2018) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-114: Particular requirements for self-balancing personal transport devices for use with batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes
  • - (1/26/2018) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-2: Limits - Limits for harmonic current emissions (equipment input current ≤16 A per phase)
  • - (1/26/2018) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-2: Limits - Limits for harmonic current emissions (equipment input current ≤16 A per phase)
  • - (1/29/2018) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3: Limit - ALL PARTS
  • - (1/30/2018) - Electrostatics - Part 4-4: Standard test methods for specific applications - Electrostatic classification of flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC)
  • - (1/30/2018) - Electrostatics - Part 4-4: Standard test methods for specific applications - Electrostatic classification of flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC)
  • - (2/2/2018) - Metallic communication cable test methods - Part 4-7: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Test method for measuring of transfer impedance ZT and screening attenuation aS or coupling attenuation aC of connectors and assemblies up to and above 3 GHz - Triaxial tube in tube method

See for additional information。

Canada – RSS-133 Issue 6 Published

On January 19, 2018, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)斗地主达人 published , replacing Issue 5 dated February 2009. Listed below are the changes:

  • The stated requirement that RSS-133 be used in conjunction with RSS-Gen, General Requirements and Information for the Certification of Radio Apparatus, has been moved to Section 3.1.
  • The alternative out-of-block emission limit in any 30 kHz measurement bandwidth for base station equipment has been removed.
  • The Electronic Serial Number (ESN) and the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) feature has been removed.
  • The provision for Digital Packet Data (DPD) systems has been removed.
  • The provision for cordless-mode telephone base stations has been removed.
  • The specification that equipment’s transmit power shall be measured in terms of average power has been added.
  • A minor amendment has been made to Section 6.4 Transmitter Output Power and Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power to remove the reference to the base station output power requirement.

Taiwan - Technical Regulation for Low-power Radio-frequency Devices

On January 10, 2018, Taiwanese Regulator National Communications Commission (NCC) published the definitive version of Technical Regulation LP0002 for Low-power Radio-frequency, effective immediately upon publication. The main changes are as follows:

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

斗地主达人For any devices currently approved with UHF RFID technology, such devices may only operate on the previously permitted band 922-928 MHz。 If manufacturers would like any currently approved devices to use the extended range of 920-928 MHz, then a new approval will be required。

Korea - Notice for U.S. Test Labs Recognized by RRA

On January 29, 2018, Korea’s Radio Research Agency (RRA) issued an updated as follows:

  • As of January 1, 2018, RRA will no longer accept the permissive change requests for KN 13, KN 20, KN 22 and KN 24. As such, these 4 standards have been removed from the RRA recognitions of all U.S. labs. This change is reflected on the .
    FYI - when RRA transitioned to the use of KN 32 and KN 35, the old KN standards KN 13, KN 20, KN 22, and KN 24 were repealed. However, RRA continued to accept permissive change reports to those KN standards for products that had been placed on the market before January 1, 2016. That acceptance period ended December 31, 2017.
  • Reminder for Test Labs: RRA-recognized test labs must meet the regardless of the manufacturer's recommendations. The RRA-specified calibration intervals are mandatory and no flexibility is allowed.

For the list of requirements for designation to Korea (RRA), please visit the .

Columbia - Deadline for LoNA to be Extended

On January 26, 2018, Colombian Regulator, Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC), issued Resolución 5300, extending the February 1, 2018 deadline for obtaining LoNA (Letter of No Action) requests for data-only mobile terminals. CRC has yet to confirm the revised deadline for such requests. Currently, only mobile terminal devices with voice function require formal Type Approval at CRC. CRC will continue to issue LoNA’s for any data-only mobile terminal device until further notice. Any such device with a LoNA in place will be exempt from formal Type Approval once the CRC implement their new Type Approval policy for all mobile terminal devices.

Thailand - Frequency Band Criteria for Wireless Microphones

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) recently issued a document detailing the criteria for frequency band usage for wireless microphones as a supplement to the new standard for wireless microphones. Major points are detailed below:

  1. The 803-806 MHz band can be used for wireless microphones effective immediately.
  2. Use of the 694-703 MHz and 748-758 MHz bands will be permitted starting January 1, 2021. Although Type Approval can be sought from June 1, 2018, import and use for these frequencies will only be permitted from 2021 onwards.
  3. The three new bands are all license-exempt.

Type Approval certificates issued under the old standard for 794-806 MHz wireless microphones will continue to be valid until December 31, 2020。 After this transition period, these Type Approval certificates will become invalid and manufacturers should apply for new Type Approval certificates under the new standard。 All wireless microphones using 794-806 MHz should be adjusted to 803-806 MHz before December 31, 2020。

Hong Kong – New Publication for 920–925 MHz Devices

In December 2017, Hong Kong’s Communications Authority published HKCA 1078, a new specification for Radio Equipment operating at 920-925 MHz for the provision of Public Telecommunication Services. This new specification co-exists in parallel with specification HKCA 1049, which applies to RFID equipment operating in the same frequency range of 920-925 MHz. Due to the publication of HKCA 1078, it is now possible to apply for Type Approval for ‘Radio Equipment for the provision of Public Telecommunication Services’ operating at 920-925 MHz, provided that the technical requirements outlined in Section 4 of this regulation are met. RFID equipment operating at 920-925 MHz can continue to be approved in Hong Kong in compliance with HKCA 1049.

Brazil - ANATEL Replaces Act 11542/2017

On January 2, 2018, Brazil regulator, ANATEL, published Act 14448/2017 for Restricted Radiocommunication Equipment, replacing Article 1 of Act 11542. The main changes are listed below and become effective 90 days after the publication of this Act:

  • Frequency band of restricted use for wireless microphones from 614-806 MHz to 614-698 MHz in table XV of item 20.
Radio-
frequency
Band
Bandwidth Frequency Stability Conditions
of Use of Spectrum
Operating Restrictions Power Limit Or Field Intensity In The Operation Band Power Limit Or Field Intensity Outside the Band and Spurious
72-73 MHz ≤ 200 KHz Sub-item 5.3 - - 80 mV/m @ 3m Sub-item 5.2
74.6-74.8 MHz ≤ 200 KHz Sub-item 5。3 - - 80 mV/m @ 3m Sub-item 5。2
75.2-76 MHz ≤ 200 KHz Sub-item 5.3 - - 80 mV/m @ 3m Sub-item 5。2
  • The emission limits outside the range or spurious for the frequency bands 72‑73 MHz, 74.6‑74.8 MHz and 75.2‑76 MHz (for audio, video, or remote monitoring) contained in table XV of item 20

India - Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment (MTCTE) Moved to April 1, 2018

India’s Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) has published a revised draft of their “Procedure for Mandatory Testing & Certification of Telecommunication Equipment” (MT&CTE) proposing the date for mandatory testing will be changed to April 1, 2018 instead of the previously stated date of October 1, 2018. Currently, it is not possible to test and certify for TEC, however TEC is in the process of appointing local Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs). Many details remain pending with regards to implementation and full scope of the scheme.

Pakistan - Implementation of New Type Approval Regulation

On December 31, 2017, Pakistan’s Regulator, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), implemented a new Type Approval regulation with immediate effect. A summary of the main changes follows:

  • Addition of low power short range keyless entry system/remote controls on non-interference basis to the Type Approval Exemption List.
  • Satellite Terminal Equipment is now included as a Type Approval category.
  • Test reports issued to RE Directive 2014/53/EU will now be accepted for Type Approval, as well as test reports to R&TTE.

PTA still requires one sample of equipment requiring mandatory Type Approval in Pakistan.

Singapore - Cessation of Registration for 450 – 470 MHz Short Range Devices

On December 18, 2017, Singapore’s IMDA issued a notice stating that Short Range Devices (SRD) operating in the 450–470 MHz frequency band can no longer be approved, and existing approvals can no longer be renewed. This is to prevent interference with IMT Services. This notice came into effect on January 1, 2018; the sale of such SRD devices must stop by March 31, 2018.

Mexico - WWAN Local Testing to be Introduced for Mobile Terminal Devices

On January 3, 2018, Mexican Regulator, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), issued technical disposition IFT-011-2017, part 2, stating that WWAN local testing requirements will be implemented in Mexico within 90 days and are expected to be in force as of April 3, 2018. This new requirement affects only new Type Approval applications for terminal devices with cellular technology. Also note as follows:

  1. Devices which already have a permanent or provisional approval in place are not affected (any provisional certificates can be renewed under the original standard they were approved to).
  2. IFT-011-2017 part 2 is only applicable to host devices, and is not applicable to modules.

Argentina - WWAN Local Testing Required Effective June 24, 2018

On December 26, 2017, Argentina’s Regulator, Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM), issued Resolución 5762/2017 stating that WWAN local testing will be officially implemented in Argentina within 180 days, meaning June 24, 2018. At this time, all cellular devices with other integrated radios such as Bluetooth and WLAN already require Type Approval in Argentina via local testing. Upon implementation of Resolución 5762/2017, additional local testing will be needed on the cellular radios. Existing approvals will require local testing on WWAN radios at the time of renewal. The exact sample requirements have yet to be established. Local testing will consist of validating the cellular bands in which the device will operate nationally via conducted testing. The table below shows the cellular bands to be validated.

Technology Frequency band Uplink (UL) Downlink (DL) Duplex
(MHz)
GSM 850 GSM 850 / Band V GSM 850 / Banda V 869 MHz – 894 MHz 45
PCS 1900 PCS 1900 / Band II 1850 MHz – 1910 MHz 1930 MHz – 1990 MHz 80
LTE 4 1710 MHz – 1755 MHz 1710 MHz – 1755 MHz 400
7 2500 MHz – 2570 MHz 2620 MHz – 2690 MHz 120
8 905 MHz – 915 MHz 950 MHz – 960 MHz 45
10 1710 MHz – 1770 MHz 2110 MHz – 2170 MHz 400
28 703 MHz – 748 MHz 758 MHz – 803 MHz 55
38 2570 MHz – 2620 MHz 2570 MHz – 2620 MHz 0
 

Kuwait - New Online System at CITRA

Effective December 2017, Kuwait’s Regulator, Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), launched a new online system for Type Approval services. Companies applying for Type Approval either directly or on behalf of manufacturers are obligated to register on the system before seeking Approval. There is no change to the Type Approval fees or documentation requirements as a result of this change but the lead-time for approval is expected to be reduced.

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