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MultiPoint Newsletter - May 2013

New Five-Character FCC Grantee Code

Question: We are a manufacturer with numerous three-character FCC grantee codes.  Will the FCC’s decision to modify 47CFR§2.925 & 47CFR§2.926 to permit five-character grantee codes impact us?

Answer:  The FCC’s decision to generate five-character grantee codes will not impact your use of your existing three-character grantee codes.  The FCC will continue to maintain and accept existing three-character grantee codes.  The FCC began issuing five-character grantee codes on May 1, 2013 in order to increase the supply of available codes.

The first character of the five-character grantee codes will be a number from 2 through 9; the remaining four characters will be alpha-numeric (capital letters and/or the numbers 2 through 9).  The product code will continue to be a maximum of 14 characters, alpha-numeric and/or hyphens, resulting in a maximum 19 characters for an FCC ID that has a five-character grantee code, and a maximum 17 characters for an FCC ID that has a three-character grantee code.

For more information about the FCC’s new five-character grantee codes, click here.
 


Single FCC Identifier Multiple Enclosure Device

Question: We manufacture a repeater that is installed in two separate enclosures.  Each enclosure has one input/output port.  The enclosures are connected via an interface cable and the units cannot be individually operated, hence they are sold as a unit.  Can we use only one FCC ID for our system?

Answer:  You can use a single FCC ID in accordance with , “a composite system is a system that incorporates different devices contained either in a single enclosure or in separate enclosures connected by wire or cable…”  However to qualify for a single FCC ID for a multiple-enclosure system, the application filing must demonstrate that the multiple components can and will always be marketed and operated together.

If you expect for any reason that the individual repeater enclosure could be configured and marketed or operated individually as part of another system, then each repeater/transmitter needs its own equipment authorization and its own FCC ID.
 


R&TTE Radio Modules

Question: We designed a plug-in radio for integration into a host product.  Can we apply the CE mark on our radio module?

Answer:  The answer to this question depends on how your radio module will be marketed and distributed for integration into a host product: 

  • If your module is a radio frequency integrated circuit or a module which has input/output interface pins that can be soldered down, and you do not wish to place it on the market, but instead intend to sell it to an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), then the R&TTE Directive does not apply.  However, please note that when your module is integrated into other products by the OEM, the OEM is responsible for having their final products assessed and CE marked before they place their products on the market. 
  • If you intend to place your radio module on the market to be sold to, and be installed by, the end user, your module must be fully assessed to all aspects of the R&TTE Directive and will require testing to all applicable aspects of Article 3. 
You can find a comprehensive explanation of the different scenarios for assessing and/or CE marking radio modules in the 斗地主达人R&TTE Compliance Association Technical Guidance Note (TGN01) May 2013 “Technical Guidance Note on the R&TTED compliance requirements for a Radio Module and the Final Product that integrates a Radio Module”.


Notified Body Letter of Opinion Duration of Validity

Question: We are a wireless product design manufacturer, and from time to time seek a Notified Body’s (NB) advice when changes to our products may have compromised the associated letters of opinion issued by our NB.  What is the duration of validity for an NB letter of opinion?

Answer:  There is no duration of validity for a letter of opinion issued by NBs.  The opinion is valid at the time of issue and is based on the information presented in the Technical Construction File (TCF) and the standards in effect.  The letter of opinion remains valid as long as the circumstances relevant to its issue remain the same.

If you make changes to a product for which you have a letter of opinion, it is incumbent upon you to seek guidance from your NB to determine if those changes invalidate the letter of opinion, or require an updated letter of opinion.

斗地主达人 An updated NB letter of opinion may also be required under the following circumstances: 

  1. the Official Journal (OJ) lists a new or updated standard
  2. the Commission introduces certain other essential requirements for particular classes of equipment under Article 3.3.  
 

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:

  • - (4/26/2013) - Radio-frequency connectors - Part 26: Sectional specification for TNCA series RF coaxial connectors
  • - (4/26/2013) - Mechanical structures for electronic equipment - Tests for IEC 60917 and IEC 60297 - Part 3: Electromagnetic shielding performance tests for cabinets and sub-racks
  • - (5/3/2013) - Safety in electro-heating installations - Part 10: Particular requirements for electrical resistance trace heating systems for industrial and commercial applications
  • - (5/3/2013) - Hand-held motor-operated electric tools - Safety - Part 2-23: Particular requirements for die grinders and small rotary tools
  • - (5/3/2013) - Lamps for road vehicles - Performance requirements
  • - (5/3/2013) - Electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use - EMC requirements - Part 2-6: Particular requirements - In vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical equipment
  • - (5/3/2013) - Communication networks and systems for power utility automation - Part 5: Communication requirements for functions and device models
  • - (5/10/2013) - Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use - Part 2-201: Particular requirements for control equipment
  • - (5/17/2013) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 2-1: Methods of measurement of disturbances and immunity - Conducted disturbance measurements
  • - (5/17/2013) - Photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification - Part 1: Requirements for construction
  • - (5/17/2013) - Uninterruptible power systems (UPS) - Part 1: General and safety requirements for UPS

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:

  • - (April 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum matters (ERM); Methods, parameters and test procedures for cognitive interference mitigation towards ER-GSM for use by UHF RFID using Detect-And-Avoid (DAA) or other similar techniques
  • - (April 2013) - Environmental Engineering (EE); Environmental conditions and environmental tests for telecommunications equipment; Part 2-3: Specification of environmental tests; Stationary use at weather-protected locations
  • - (April 2013) - IMT cellular networks; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; Part 1: Introduction and common requirements
  • - (May 2013) - Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Road Transport and Traffic Telematics (RTTT); Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC); Part 1: Technical characteristics and test methods for High Data Rate (HDR) data transmission equipment operating in the 5,8 GHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band

斗地主达人 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:

  • - (4/26/2013) - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Class B shipborne equipment of the automatic identification system (AIS) - Part 1: Carrier-sense time division multiple access (CSTDMA) techniques
  • - (4/26/2013) - Amendment 1 - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Class B shipborne equipment of the automatic identification system (AIS) - Part 1: Carrier-sense time division multiple access (CSTDMA) techniques
  • - (4/26/2013) - Corrigendum 1 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-21: Particular requirements for storage water heaters
  • - (4/29/2013) - Luminaires - Part 2-8: Particular requirements - Handlamps
  • - (4/29/2013) - Electrical safety in low voltage distribution systems up to 1 000 v a.c. and 1 500 v d.c. - Equipment for testing, measuring or monitoring of protective measures - Part 10: Combined measuring equipment for testing, measuring and monitoring of protective measures
  • - (4/29/2013) - Uninterruptible power systems (UPS) - Part 4: Environmental aspects - Requirements and reporting
  • - (5/8/2013) - Limits and methods of measurement of radio disturbance characteristics of electrical lighting and similar equipment
  • - (5/13/2013) - Medical electrical equipment - ALL PARTS
  • - (5/14/2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-3: Limits - Limitation of voltage changes, voltage fluctuations and flicker in public low-voltage supply systems, for equipment with rated current ≤16 A per phase and not subject to conditional connection
  • - (5/16/2013) - Luminaires - Part 2-11: Particular requirements - Aquarium luminaires

See for additional information。

US and Canada – Spectrum Sharing Agreement

Recently, the FCC and Industry Canada agreed on ten interim spectrum sharing arrangements covering wireless operations along the U。S。-Canada border。  According to an FCC news release, the spectrum sharing arrangements are expected to improve overall frequency coordination, facilitate the deployment of mobile broadband, improve public safety communications, and prevent interference problems along the shared border area of the two countries。  The 10 spectrum sharing arrangements cover the following:

  • 1850-1915 MHz and 1920-1995 MHZ for use by Personal Communications Services (PCS)
  • 1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz for use by Advanced Wireless Services (AWS)
  • 1670-1675 MHz for use by Fixed and Mobile (except Aeronautical Mobile) Services
  • 1427-1432 MHz for use by Telemetry Systems and Subscriber Radio Systems
  • 4940-4990 MHz for use by Fixed and Mobile Services
  • 2155-2162 MHz and 2500-2690 MHz for use by Terrestrial Stations
  • 849-851 MHz and 894-896 MHz for use by Air-Ground Systems
  • 768-776 MHz and 798-806 MHz for use by Land Mobile Services
  • 3650-3700 MHz for use by Fixed and Mobile Services
  • 160.200-161.580 MHz for use by Railroad Communications Systems

While these arrangements are considered interim, they were drafted in accordance with an existing spectrum treaty between the U.S. and Canada, and may become part of that treaty or a replacement agreement. 

EU –New Directive Proposed for Electromagnetic Field Exposure

On April 10, 2013, the European Union member states’ permanent representatives approved a new directive on the minimum health and safety requirements for the exposure of workers to electromagnetic fields.  The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union will need to formally approve the draft directive before it will come into force.

The new directive will replace a 2004 directive that was never enacted due to problems with its implementation.  The new directive includes a number of changes, including the review of exposure limitations with respect to new scientific evidence, and the addition of rules for possible deviations, including medical applications using magnetic resonance imaging.   Member states will have to enact the directive in their national law within three years after the directive's entry into force. 

EU – R&TTE CA Issues TGN on Radio Modules

Recently the R&TTE Compliance Association issued TGN 01 Version May 2013, a Technical Guidance Note on the R&TTED compliance requirements for a Radio Module and the Final Product that integrates a Radio Module.

TGN01 has been issued in order provide better clarity, and constructed so a harmonized approach is used by all Notified Bodies regarding the understanding, assessment, documentation and labeling of the following three scenarios:

  • A Radio Module not placed on the market but integrated in a product by a (number of) different manufacturer(s) who places the final product on the market.
  • An assessed Radio Module placed on the market and installed in a product by the end user.
  • An assessed Radio Module placed on the market and integrated in a product by a different manufacturer who places the final product on the market.

Australia – New Rules for Wireless Microphones

On May 13, 2013, Australia’s Communications and Media Authority announced changes to frequency ranges used for wireless microphones.  The changes support the transition of wireless microphones from the digital dividend band.

ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman stated “This transition is intended to deliver satisfactory spectrum outcomes for the countless thousands of activities that the industry facilitates.  It has become a necessary consequence of the introduction of new 4G broadband mobile services across Australia into the digital dividend.”

The rule changes are for wireless audio transmitters under the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class License 2000.  The changes are as follows:

  • After 12/31/2014, wireless audio transmitters (including wireless microphones) will no longer be authorized to operate in the frequency range 694-820 MHz (the digital dividend band). 
  • New rules are introduced supporting the use of digital wireless audio transmitters in the frequency range 520-694 MHz.
  • New rules are introduced supporting the use of wireless audio transmitters operating in the frequency range 1790-1800 MHz are introduced. 

As a corollary, the ACMA will be working to update its standards’ arrangements to restrict the supply of wireless microphones that operate in the digital dividend (694-820 MHz)。  A copy of the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class License 2000 is available on the 。

 

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