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MultiPoint Newsletter - June 2017

DTS Device Testing

Question: What test procedures should be followed for a DTS device subject to FCC §15.247?

Answer: The test procedures for measuring a Digital Transmission System (DTS) are provided in 558074 D01 DTS Meas Guidance v04 and in Clause 11 of ANSI C63.10-2013.

The DTS measurement procedures in ANSI C63.10-2013 were developed using version 03 of the FCC’s DTS measuring guidance document. Following the publication of ANSI C63.10-2013, the FCC determined that some of the specific DTS measurement procedures needed to be clarified, so version 04 was developed. The version changes are summarized at the end of version 04 in the Change Notice section.

Since June 2014, DTS devices that operate in the 5725-5850 MHz band must comply with the rules under Part 15 Subpart E, instead of 15.247 (FCC 14-30). Permissive changes under the old rules were allowed until June 1, 2016, but in order to qualify now, a device must comply with the New Rules and guidance in KDB publication 789033 D02 General UNII Test Procedures New Rules v01r04 published May 2, 2017. 926956 Do1 U-NII Transition Plan v02 published August 22, 2016 provides guidance on the transition from the old to new rules.


PTCRB Certification and AT&T Registration

Question: We have the following questions on the PTCRB Certification and AT&T’s IoT device certification program MBA Mobile Broadband Accelerator (MBA).

  1. What does it take to get PTCRB and AT&T registration?
  2. Assuming a device has PTCRB certification, what does it take to get AT&T registration?
  3. Assuming a device has PTCRB + AT&T registration, may this device be integrated into another device or enclosure and still leverage the original PTCRB and/or AT&T registration?

Answer: The following are answers to your questions:

1. What does it take to get PTCRB and AT&T registration?

PTCRB + AT&T registration are separate certifications and require database registration and log-in of the device for certification. AT&T certification is accomplished through their OBT (On-Board Tool found ) which allows the OEM or the lab to enter the data into the AT&T database for certification. This is helpful information for starting the process, selecting the lab, selecting an AT&T Approved module, documenting the approved module, etc. Typically documentation such as device technical documents, PIX files, and referenced FCC IDs are needed to provide a quotation for the certifications.

2. Assuming a device has PTCRB certification, what does it take to get AT&T registration?

If you are using an approved PTCRB module in a simple IoT device and that same module is AT&T Approved, then additional testing will be required for the certification. This testing will typically be comprised of the following:

  • Radiated Spurious Emissions test of the antenna,
  • AT&T SIM test,
  • a ‘transfer’ of the collected PTCRB over the air (OTA) total radiated power (TRP) and total isotropic sensitivity (TIS) measurements to an AT&T OTA template (verifying that the PTCRB OTA measurements also meet the AT&T OTA minimum requirements). If it does not meet AT&T’s OTA, further discussion with the test lab as to the reason for the failure would be necessary.

斗地主达人A typical IoT certification without issues should take approximately 2-3 weeks.

3. Assuming a device has PTCRB + AT&T registration, may this device be integrated into another device or enclosure and still leverage the original PTCRB and/or AT&T registration?

You will need to conduct the tests outlined above again when you integrate these devices into a new enclosure, even though they are pre-approved. Additionally, AT&T will require their own tests of the new enclosure. PTCRB may consider this device as a Variant, but more details would be required in order to assess whether any previous work could be leveraged.

* Credit for this information goes to PCTEST Engineering Laboratory, Inc., Columbia, MD.


DFS Testing for Lower Gain Antenna

Question: We have an FCC-certified DFS device and would like to be able to offer it with a lower gain antenna. We’ve been advised that a Class II permissive change application will be required, as well as new DFS testing, or some variant of DFS testing. Why is this required?

Answer: 178919 D01 Permissive Change Policy v06, Section II(A)(2), lists the instances when a different antenna forces a Class II permissive change application; Section II(A)(2)(b) states:

“U-NII devices – the lowest gain antenna, in addition to the highest gain of each type, is needed because the lowest gain results in worst case radar reception。 The addition of a lower gain antenna, of the type currently authorized or not, requires a Class II permissive change。”

905462 D02 UNII DFS Compliance Procedures New Rules v02, Section 7.5 states the following:

“The RDD (Radar Detection Device, or EUT in the DFS test) consists of the applicable device and the device antenna assembly that has the lowest antenna assembly gain of all available antenna assemblies.”

Section 8 provides the DFS test report guidelines; Section 8。1(e) states:

“List all antenna assemblies and their corresponding gains.

  1. If radiated tests are to be performed, the U-NII Device should be tested with the lowest gain antenna assembly (regardless of antenna type). The report should indicate which antenna assembly was used for the tests. For devices with adjustable output power, list the output power range and the maximum EIRP for each antenna assembly.
  2. If conducted tests are to be performed, indicate which antenna port/connection was used for the tests and the antenna assembly gain that was used to set the DFS Detection Threshold level during calibration of the test setup.”

To summarize these points, if radiated DFS tests were performed for the original certification application, per #1, radiated tests must be repeated for a Class II permissive change application for the lower gain antenna. If the original DFS certification application included a conducted measurement, per #2, at least some of the testing will need to be performed with the new threshold based on the lower gain of the new antenna.


Audio-Visual Products – EN 55032

Question: Our audio-visual product complied with EN 55103-1 under E2, commercial and light industrial environment. Now, with the new EN 55032 standard, we are not sure under which environment the product falls. Please advise.

Answer: The applicable standard for audio-visual products had long been EN 55103, “Electromagnetic Compatibility - Product family standard for audio, video, and audio-visual and entertainment lighting control apparatus for professional use”, before it was replaced in March 2017 by EN 55032, "Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment, Emission Requirements".

Under EN 55103, the environment limit categories were:

  • E1 - Residential
  • E2 - Commercial & Light industrial
  • E3 - Urban Outdoor
  • E4 - Controlled EMC
  • E5 - Heavy Industrial

Under EN 55032, any equipment primarily used in a residential environment must meet Class B limits。 All other equipment, including commercial and light industrial, must comply with Class A limits。 Hence, your audio-visual device must comply with the Class A limits of EN 55032。

Please note that if you have products that fall under other environments, such as Controlled EMC, and you are not sure of the environment under the new standard, you may consult EN 61000-6-3, “Generic standards - Emission standard for residential, commercial and light-industrial environments”, which includes defined environment categories to help determine the appropriate one.


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:

  • - 5/26/2017 - 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
  • - 5/26/2017 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-6: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus - EMC antenna calibration
  • - 5/26/2017 - Electrostatics - Part 5-1: Protection of electronic devices from electrostatic phenomena - General requirements
  • - 6/2/2017 - Basic standard for the evaluation of workers' exposure to electric and magnetic fields from equipment and installations for the production, transmission and distribution of electricity
  • - 6/2/2017 - EMC IC modelling - Part 3: Models of Integrated Circuits for EMI behavioural simulation - Radiated emissions modelling (ICEM-RE)
  • - 6/9/2017 - Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-39: Testing and measurement techniques - Radiated fields in close proximity - Immunity test
  • - Particular safety requirements for equipment to be connected to information and communication networks
  • - 6/16/2017 - 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

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:

  • - (May 2017) - Wireless Microphones; Audio PMSE up to 3 GHz; Part 4: Assistive Listening Devices including personal sound amplifiers and inductive systems up to 3 GHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (May 2017) - System Reference document (SRdoc); Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band (UWB); Technical characteristics for SRD equipment using Ultra Wide Band Sensor technology (UWB) based on amended mitigation techniques for UWB
  • - (May 2017) - LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements for mobile terminals and ancillary equipment (3GPP TS 36.124 version 14.1.0 Release 14)
  • - (June 2017) - Cordless audio devices in the range 25 MHz to 2 000 MHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2017) - Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Mitigation techniques to avoid harmful interference between equipment compliant with ES 200 674-1 and ITS operating in the 5 GHz frequency range; Evaluation of mitigation methods and techniques
  • - (June 2017) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers; Radio equipment operating in the 1 164 MHz to 1 300 MHz and 1 559 MHz to 1 610 MHz frequency bands; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2017) - Land Mobile Service; Radio Equipment for use in a Paging Service operating within the frequency range 25 MHz - 470 MHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (June 2017) - Digital Terrestrial TV Transmitters; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU

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:

  • - (5/26/2017) - Determination of RF field strength, power density and SAR in the vicinity of radiocommunication base stations for the purpose of evaluating human exposure
  • - (6/15/2017) - Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing equipment - Evaluation of hazards caused by magnetic near fields from 1 Hz to 6 MHz
  • - (6/19/2017) - Cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services - Part 12: Electromagnetic compatibility of systems
  • - (6/19/2017) - Electric vehicle conductive charging system - Part 21-1 Electric vehicle on-board charger EMC requirements for conductive connection to AC/DC supply
  • - (6/23/2017) - Metallic cables and other passive components test methods - Part 4-6: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Surface transfer impedance - Line injection method
  • - (6/27/2017) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 2-2: Environment - Compatibility levels for low-frequency conducted disturbances and signalling in public low-voltage power supply systems
  • - (6/27/2017) - Amendment 1 - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 2-2: Environment - Compatibility levels for low-frequency conducted disturbances and signalling in public low-voltage power supply systems
  • - (6/29/2017) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-4: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Statistics of complaints and a model for the calculation of limits for the protection of radio services calculation of limits for the protection of radio services
  • - (6/29/2017) - Amendment 1 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-4: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Statistics of complaints and a model for the calculation of limits for the protection of radio services calculation of limits for the protection of radio services
  • - (6/29/2017) - Corrigendum 1 - Integrated circuits - Measurement of electromagnetic emissions, 150 kHz to 1 GHz - Part 4: Measurement of conducted emissions, 1 Ω/150 Ω direct coupling method

See for additional information.

EU – Final Update to RED Standards Prior to Effective Date

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has issued an updated list of standards that can be used to demonstrate compliance with the essential requirements of the EU’s Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU), also known as the RED.

The newly updated list of more than 100 different standards (the sixth such update since the beginning of 2017) was published in the June 8 issue of the Official Journal of the European Union, less than one week before the June 13, 2017 expiration of the one year transition period from the EU’s R&TTE Directive (1999/EC). The RED addresses a broader range of topics, and complements many of the requirements of the EU’s recast EMC and Low Voltage Directives. Link to the newest list of Harmonized Standards for the Radio Equipment Directive:

Canada – Release of SMSE-013-17 (Devices operating in 5150-5250 MHz Band)

In May 2017, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) announced the decisions resulting from the consultation process in SMSE-002-17 entitled . Below are some of the main decisions:

  • Authorized use of higher power RLAN devices (HPODs), both indoor and outdoor, in the 5150-5250 MHz frequency band under a licensed regime.
  • Updated licensing application process means applications will be accepted from radiocommunication service providers and radiocommunication users as defined by the Radiocommunication Regulations, but will not be accepted from radiocommunication users who wish to operate HPODs for personal use.
  • Licensing will be on an “all-come all-served” basis, and all licenses will have equal access to the spectrum.
  • Licensing for spectrum licenses will be issued on a Tier 1 basis (i.e. Canada-wide), and will be given a one-year term.
  • No license fee will apply. Fees may be applied in the future should a fee be established following a consultation.

Taiwan – Simplified Approval Procedure for Bluetooth Devices

On June 7, 2017, Taiwan’s National Communication Commission (NCC) officially announced that a simplified Declaration of Conformity (DoC) scheme will be adopted effective July 1, 2017 to regulate the following list of Bluetooth Devices:

  • Bluetooth Mouse
  • Bluetooth Keyboard
  • Bluetooth Headset
  • Bluetooth Selfie Stick
  • Bluetooth Stylus Pen
  • Bluetooth Speaker, only D.C. powered

Under the new DoC scheme, the approval process will not require local testing as FCC test reports can be leveraged.

Pakistan – Addition to List of Devices Exempt from Type Approval

Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has extended its list of devices which are exempt from Type Approval in Pakistan, adding Wi-Fi Access Points Operating in ISM Band (2.4-2.5 GHz, 5725-5.875 GHz) and conforming to PTA ISM Band Regulation SRO 287(I)/2016. This list was published May 26, 2017 as follows:

  1. Networking Equipment (Switches, Firewalls, Servers, Storage Devices)
  2. Laptops /Desktops/Personal Computer (PC)
  3. Tablet PC with Wi-Fi only Functionality (Non-Sim based devices)
  4. GPS only devices
  5. Smart Watches with Bluetooth/Wi-Fi functionality only (without SIM or tracking features)
  6. RFID/Bluetooth/NFC devices
  7. Wi-Fi Access Points operating in ISM Band (2.4 – 2.5 GHZ, 5725 – 5.875 GHz) and conforming to PTA ISM Band Regulation SRO 287(I)/2016

The listed devices do not require a Type Approval/No Objection Letter (NOC) from PTA, and may be directly imported as per customs procedures.

Vietnam – Test Report Requirements for 2G and 3G Devices

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) recently indicated that as of June 1, 2017, 2G & 3G local test reports are no longer being accepted for Type Approval. Applications for these products must have test reports (for the 2G/3G portion) issued by recognized foreign laboratories (listed on MIC’s MRA list specifically for 2G/3G technology). It should be noted that due to the numerous complaints from local importers and local manufacturers regarding this new policy, MIC is reconsidering the decision and internal discussions are underway. It is expected that MIC will make a final decision soon. Until a decision is made, local test reports for 2G/3G technology will not be accepted.

South Africa – Reinstatement of SABS Certificate of Compliance Scheme

斗地主达人We were recently advised the following by our local agent with regard to the newly reinstated SABS certificate of compliance scheme:

  1. It is expected that the formal launch of the new scheme will be pushed out to July 18, 2017.
  2. The SABS Approval process will be paperwork-only; test reports must be to South African National Standards (SANS) standards, and be issued by a SABS-accredited laboratory.
  3. Several labs have already been accredited by SABS, and a complete list will be published before the scheme is formally launched. Further applications for lab accreditation can be made after the scheme is formally launched.
  4. The estimated lead-time for approval is 30 working days.
  5. The scope of devices which require SABS approval remains unchanged. Non-telecommunications devices (e.g. non-RF cradles, battery chargers, Ethernet switches) will require approval by the SABS.
  6. It is expected that products imported into South Africa during the Memorandum of Understanding between ICASA and SABS (implemented in March 2016) will not need to undergo approval by the SABS once the scheme is reinstated.
  7. The new SABS websites remains in development and will become active soon.

Niger – Type Approval Procedures

斗地主达人Niger’s Regulatory Authority, l’Autorité Nationale de Regulation des Telecommunications (ARTP), recently confirmed the following details regarding their Standard vs Simplified Procedure for Type Approvals:

  • The Simplified procedure can be followed if a Certificate of Conformity has been issued by recognized Regulatory Authorities or Conformity Assessment Bodies (CAB). The Standard procedure must be followed in all other cases. At present, only the Standard procedure is in place, however the ARTP is currently working on agreements with Regulatory Authorities and CABs to get the Simplified procedure established.
  • Labels for Approved devices must contain the following information:
    • Approval date and number;
    • Identification of the model, lot or serial number;
    • Manufacturer or supplier name

China – Additional Certification Requirements for Network and Cybersecurity Products

Effective June 1, 2017, China’s government officially announced additional certification requirements for network equipment and cybersecurity products as follows:

  1. Device and product listed in ”Catalogue of Key network equipment and specialized cybersecurity products” shall, in accordance with the compulsory requirements of relevant national standards, pass the security certification conducted by qualified institutions or meet the requirements of security detection before being sold or provided. Qualified institutions refer to Certification and Accreditation Administration of PROC (CNCA), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of PROC (MIIT), Ministry of Public Security of PROC (MPS), and institutions recognized by the State Internet Information Office according to related regulations.
  2. Key network equipment and specialized cybersecurity product, or applicant shall choose qualified institutions for certification and inspection.
  3. Key network equipment and specialized cybersecurity product (including equipment and product in terms of validity inspected by institution before this order issued.), after safe inspection by authorized institution, the institution shall forward the test result to MIIT and MPS.
  4. Key network equipment and specialized cybersecurity product (including equipment and product in terms of validity certified by institution before this order issued.), after safe certification by authorized institution, the institution shall forward the test result to CNCA.

Philippines – Updates to SRD Requirements

On June 7, 2017, the Philippines National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) released Memorandum Circular No. 03-06-2017 with the following updates:

Type of SRD Frequency Band Maximum Field Strength / RF Output Power
MC No. 03-05-2007 MC No. 03-06-2017
Non-specific Short
Range
Devices, Telemetry, Telecommand, Alarms, Data in General and Other Similar Applications.
868.000 – 868.600 MHz
868.700 – 869.200 MHz
869.300 – 869.400 MHz
869.700 – 870.000 MHz
868.000 – 868.600 MHz
868.700 – 869.200 MHz
869.300 – 869.700 MHz
869.700 – 870.000 MHz
25 mW erp
25 mW erp
25 mW erp
5 mW erp

 

Botswana – Renewed Certificates for Existing Approvals

Botswana’s Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) recently confirmed the validity period of renewed certificates for existing approvals. BOCRA confirmed that if a device has not been modified since the original approval was obtained, the manufacturer must still renew the certificate annually and approvals will continue to be valid for a period of 1 year only. However, if a device has been modified since the original approval, including any changes or upgrades which impact equipment safety, EMC, spectrum use, or standards, the manufacturer must apply for a new approval. The type approval certificate will then be issued with a validity period according to its corresponding equipment type and assumed product lifetime.

Belarus – Energy Efficiency and Energy Labelling

Belarus’s regulatory authority recently confirmed its Energy Efficiency (EE) Approval and Energy Labelling (EL) requirements, and application procedure as follows:

Energy Efficiency

  1. AC-powered household electrical appliances will require EE Certification.
  2. Certification can be obtained either via local testing or via a paperwork-only process based on test reports issued by accredited ISO/IEC 17025 third-party testing laboratories.
  3. Mandatory surveillance will be performed once every two years. A decision on whether the surveillance procedure will be performed based on the acceptance of CIG023 reports (paperwork-only) or via local testing will be made at a later stage.
  4. No local representative will be required for EE Certification.
  5. Certificates will be valid for 5 years.
  6. Although requirements for EE compliance come into force on September 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018 depending on product scope, manufacturers can obtain EE Certification in advance which will be dated with the planned implemented dates.
  7. Products that have already been introduced on Belarus market before September 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018 will not be affected.
  8. Applicable fees for EE certification and annual surveillance will be confirmed nearer the date of implementation.
  9. Lead time is expected to be 4 weeks.

Energy Labelling

  1. Energy labels (EE labels) are mandatory for all products with the exception of:
    1. External power sources and household and office equipment (cooktops, microwave cookers, toasters, fryers, electrically operated knives, food processors, coffee machines; printers, scanners, monitors, amplified speakers of AC power supply, multimedia projectors, broadcasting receivers, video tape recorders, video recorder cameras, sound-recording devices, audio amplifiers, home theater systems, electric musical instruments; other equipment for sound and image record and playback, including equipment for image and sound transmission in ways other than telecommunication channels via signals and other means, except for TV sets ).
  2. EE label must be in the Russian language. Manufacturers are required to provide technical documentation and Energy Labelling with the following information:
    1. Manufacturer’s name or trade mark;
    2. Manufacturer’s model identification;
    3. The energy efficiency class of an appliance;
    4. The energy consumption of an appliance etc. (data depends on specific product).
    5. Dealers need to ensure EE labels

The EE and EL requirements will come into force on September 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018 depending on the product scope。

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