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MultiPoint Newsletter - November 2017

Japan MIC Certificates

Question: We recently obtained our first Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) certification for our radio product. Is this certificate valid immediately, and does it expire or require renewal? Is it viewable by potential customers on a web site similar to FCC grants?

Answer: The MIC certificate is valid as soon as it is issued, and it never expires. The certificate is not made public, nor is it issued to anyone outside of the agent and the applicant.

The Japanese certification body that reviewed your application and issued the certificate must inform the MIC of the product approval. The MIC will post a summary of the certificate’s technical parameters and the certificate holder’s company name in the database shown below; this process can take anywhere from 2-3 months.

The web site is in Japanese, and if converted into English, the site appearance changes. To check your MIC certificate, do not convert the site to English, but instead enter per the arrow below the certificate number issued by your certified body and press Enter to search.

Information provided by Pieter Robben, American Certification Body, Inc.


RED Scope

Question: What equipment now falls under the Radio Equipment Directive (RED)?

Answer: The following equipment falls within the scope of the RED:

  • All radio equipment which was under the R&TTED, except for fixed line terminal equipment and custom-built evaluation kits;
  • Equipment operating below 9 kHz;
  • Televisions and radio receivers (previously not covered by the R&TTED);
  • Radio-determination equipment.

EU Equipment Withdrawal

Question: Has the European Union withdrawn any radio equipment from the market due to the change from the Radio and Telecommunication and Terminal Directive (R&TTED) to the Radio Equipment Directive (RED)?

Answer: Each member state has a National Market Surveillance Authority which is responsible for enforcing the rules, the European Commission is not. The member state surveillance authorities can remove products from the market for justified reasons (e.g. safety risk to user or consumer); the withdrawal rules are specified in the RED. In most cases, once equipment is placed on the market, it may remain on the market even if the legislation changes. This is a general rule of the internal market; additional information is provided in the RED.


Vehicular Radar Deployment

Question: We design 76-81 GHz vehicular radars per FCC Part 15, now Part 95 Subpart M, and we would like to expand our market beyond automobiles. Do the FCC rules allow this?

Answer: As you indicated, the FCC recently consolidated the rules for 76-81 GHz vehicular radar operations into  (replacing 47CFR§15.253, and revising other Part 15 sections).

Per 47CFR§95。3331, radar systems operating in the 76-81 GHz band may operate as vehicular radars, or as fixed or mobile radars in airport air operations areas, including but not limited to FOD (foreign object detection) radars and aircraft-mounted radars for ground use only。 Per 47CFR§95。3333, notwithstanding the provisions of 47CFR§95。3331, 76-81 GHz Band Radar Service is prohibited aboard aircraft in flight。 Aircraft-mounted radars shall be equipped with a mechanism that will prevent operations once the aircraft becomes airborne。

Noting the exception as stated, the FCC will allow vehicular radar sensors to be mounted and deployed on “terrestrial transportation vehicles” including but not limited to railroad train locomotives and train cars; monorails and trams; construction vehicles; farming vehicles such as tractors and harvesters; motorcycles, scooters and motorbikes; mobile scissor-lifts and mobile work platforms; and boats and ships operated within territorial waters of the United States, provided the overall installation complies with the conditions of the grant and the relevant technical standards for operation.

It is not necessary to obtain a new certification to deploy an FCC-approved sensor on a different type of vehicle.


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:

  • - (November 2017) - Basic standard for the evaluation of human exposure to electromagnetic fields from a stand alone broadcast transmitter (30 MHz - 40 GHz)
  • - (November 2017) - Basic standard for the calculation and the measurement of human exposure to electromagnetic fields from broadcasting service transmitters in the HF bands (3 MHz - 30 MHz)
  • - (November 2017) - Generic standard to demonstrate the compliance of equipment used by workers with limits on exposure to electromagnetic fields (0 Hz - 300 GHz), when put into service or in situ
  • - (November 2017) - Generic standard for assessment of electronic and electrical equipment related to human exposure restrictions for electromagnetic fields (0 Hz - 300 GHz)
  • - (November 2017) - Vehicles, boats and internal combustion engines - Radio disturbance characteristics - Limits and methods of measurement for the protection of on-board receivers
  • - (November 2017) - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 4-5: Testing and measurement techniques - Surge immunity test

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:

  • - (November 2017) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for marine radio equipment and services; Harmonised Standard for electromagnetic compatibility; Part 1: Common technical requirements
  • - (November 2017) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for marine radio equipment and services; Harmonised Standard for electromagnetic compatibility; Part 2: Specific conditions for VHF radiotelephone transmitters and receivers
  • - (November 2017) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for marine radio equipment and services; Harmonised Standard for electromagnetic compatibility; Part 4: Specific conditions for Narrow-Band Direct-Printing (NBDP) NAVTEX receivers
  • - (November 2017) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for marine radio equipment and services; Harmonised Standard for electromagnetic compatibility; Part 5: Specific conditions for MF/HF radiotelephone transmitters and receivers
  • - (November 2017) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for marine radio equipment and services; Harmonised Standard for electromagnetic compatibility; Part 6: Specific conditions for Earth Stations on board Vessels operating in frequency bands above 3 GHz
  • - (November 2017) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for marine radio equipment and services; Harmonised Standard for electromagnetic compatibility; Part 7: Specific conditions for Maritime Broadband Radiolink equipment
  • - (November 2017) - Ground-based UHF radio transmitters, receivers and transceivers for the UHF aeronautical mobile service using amplitude modulation; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2017) - Short Range Devices (SRD); Radio equipment for Eurobalise railway systems; 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:

  • - (11/7/2017) - 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
  • - (11/10/2017) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-61: Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of pulse oximeter equipment
  • - (11/10/2017) - Semiconductor devices - Mechanical and climatic test methods - Part 26: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity testing - Human body model (HBM)
  • - (11/24/2017) - Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-49: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of multifunction patient monitors
  • - (11/24/2017) - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 1: General
  • - (11/24/2017) - Railway applications - Electromagnetic compatibility - Part 2: Emission of the whole railway system to the outside world
  • - (11/29/2017) - Conformity assessment - Requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies
  • - (11/29/2017) - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
  • - (11/7/2017) - Amendment 1 - 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.

Canada – Release of RSS-210, Issue 9 (amendment)

In November 2017, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) announced the release of , replaces RSS-210, Issue 8, Licence-Exempt Radio Apparatus (All Frequency Bands): Category I Equipment, dated December 2010.

Effective May 25, 2018, the Department will no longer accept applications for the certification of new low-power apparatus that operate in the bands 617‑652 MHz and 663‑698 MHz。 Furthermore, as of November 15, 2018, no low-power apparatus in the bands 617‑652 MHz and 663‑698 MHz may be sold, offered for sale, manufactured, imported, distributed or leased on the Canadian market。 Below are the notable changes:

  1. Remove requirements for receivers, as these requirements are included in RSS-Gen, .
  2. Remove annexes that are no longer covered in RSS-210.
  3. Specify that frequency bands which are exclusively used by the Government of Canada are added to Note 1 in Annex A.
  4. Remove requirements for momentarily operated and remote control devices in the band 40.66-40.77 MHz, as these requirements are covered in Annex B.
  5. Modify out-of-band emission limits for equipment operating in the band 13.110 14.010 MHz (Annex B).
  6. Incorporate requirements for cordless telephones operating in the band 44-49 MHz (Annex 3 of Issue 8) into Annex B, as these requirements will apply to any type of communication.
  7. Remove Section A4.2 of Issue 8, Band 174-216 MHz (Medical Telemetry), as this band is no longer permitted for the Wireless Medical Telemetry System.
  8. Remove repeater frequency bands for General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) equipment.
  9. Add requirements for GMRS-M in the frequency range 462.55-462.875 MHz in Annex E.
  10. Amend the specifications for speed radar meters to include the band 33.4–36.0 GHz in Annex F. These devices were previously covered under Annex 7 of Issue 8 for frequency bands 10.5-10.55 GHz and 24.075-24.175 GHz.
  11. Remove Annex 8 of Issue 8, Frequency Hopping and Digital Modulation Systems Operating in the Bands 902-928 MHz, 2400 2483.5 MHz and 5725-5850 MHz, and Annex 9 of Issue 8, Local Area Network Devices, as these annexes are covered in RSS-247 (published May 2015).
  12. Incorporate RSS-210, Amendment 1, (published Feb 2015) into Annex G of this issue.
  13. Remove Annex 11 of Issue 8, Level Probing Radar Devices Enclosed in Containers and Still Pipes, as this annex is covered in RSS-211 (published March 2015).
  14. Remove Section 13.1 of Annex 13 Issue 8, Vehicle-Mounted Field Disturbance Sensors in the Bands 46.7-46.9 GHz and 76-77 GHz, as this section is covered in RSS-251, (published March 2015).
  15. Specify emission limits for devices in the band 57-64 GHz (in Annex J) in terms of equivalent isotropically radiated power (e.i.r.p.) instead of power density and increase the e.i.r.p. limit for outdoor fixed point-to-point equipment.
  16. Adopt measurement method and emission mask in ETSI EN 300 422 for low-power radio apparatus operating in the TV bands.
  17. Clarify limits for emissions radiated from digital circuitry contained within wideband devices (Annex K).

Israel – Change of Type Approval Procedure for WWAN Devices

Previously, it was mandatory for each manufacturer to obtain a Type Approval certificate from the MoC for each WWAN device. In addition, each local importer of WWAN devices would require a cellular license from MoC, to include all cellular devices being imported into Israel under their license. Whenever a new cellular model needed to be imported, the license would be updated.

The New Approval procedure for WWAN devices in Israel is as follows:

  1. Manufacturers no longer need to obtain Type Approval certificates for each WWAN device. The only requirement going forward is that a cellular license must be obtained in the name of each manufacturer local importer. Cellular licenses are valid for a period of 2 years.
  2. Any cellular device can now be imported under this license without the need for a separate Type Approval certificate. It is no longer required to update the license each time a new WWAN device is being released into the country, however the local importer must disclose any models imported under their license to the MoC on a quarterly basis. This change affects any products containing a WWAN module, including products with combined technologies (e.g. BT, WLAN, NFC, etc.). This change also includes cellular modems.

China – New Bands Opened for 5G

On November 9, 2017, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) formally released a notification regarding the new frequency ranges (3300‑3600 MHz and 4800‑5000 MHz) opening for the fifth generation (5G) mobile communications system。 Highlights are as follows:

  • New frequency ranges permitted for 5G system are 3300‑3600 MHz and 4800‑5000 MHz; 3300-3400 MHz is for indoor use only.
  • Frequency ranges mentioned above shall not cause interference with other wireless devices and radio astronomical business.
  • Application for 5G frequency usage is regulated by State Radio Regulatory Commission (SRRC).
  • Application scheme, radio technical parameters and station regulations will be further discussed and released by SRRC in the near future.

Brazil – Proposed Changes to Restricted Equipment Requirements

On November 10, 2017, Brazil’s Authority, ANATEL, published , for proposed changes to Restricted Radiocommunication equipment requirements, Act 11542. This public consultation will end on November 30, 2017. Proposed changes are as follows:

  1. Updating the definitions of Duty Cycle and Spectral Scattering and Frequency Hopping technologies.
  2. Changes in section 14 (Equipment Using Spectral Spalling Technology or Other Digital Modulation Technologies) to align with international standards, thus allowing the certification of equipment operating with spectral scattering technologies by fundamental frequency sweep and with low Duty Cycle such as CSS (Chirp Spread Spectrum).
  3. Changes in the electric field strength values in the first two rows of table XII of item 17 (Radio Frequency Identification Systems) to align with international standards (ANSI C63.2 / CISPR 16).
  4. Changes in section 12 (Cordless Telephone Systems) to enable new data transmission technologies in the 1,910 - 1,920 MHz band, which was previously exclusive to audio traffic.
  5. Grouping of sections 7 (Telemetry Equipment and Wireless Microphone), 11 (Hearing Aid Device), 12 (Cordless Telephone Systems), 13 (CTCP Wireless Extension Systems) and 21 (Environmental Sound System) in a single section to be called Audio, Video, or Other Applications Transmission Systems, in which tables are presented, grouping the requirements of said sections.

Paraguay – 4G LTE band requirements

Recently, Paraguay’s Regulator Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL) confirmed a minimum set of requirements for Type Approval of devices supporting 4G functionality. Below is a summary:

  • CONATEL has confirmed that any device supporting 4G LTE operation in the 700 MHz band must support LTE band 28.
  • If a product supports 4G LTE operation in the 700 MHz band but does not support LTE band 28, CONATEL has confirmed that they will be unable to Type Approve the device, unless LTE is disabled for this country.

Currently, there are no Paraguayan cellular network providers that offer services in 700 MHz; a spectrum auction is underway for 700 MHz and it is unknown as to what providers will end up offering the service。 However, CONATEL has confirmed it is a mandatory requirement for any device supporting 4G LTE operation in the 700 MHz band to support LTE band 28 in order to obtain Type Approval。 CONATEL also stated there is no official Regulation in place which outlines these requirements, and have not indicated when an official notification will be published。 Nevertheless, they have confirmed that the minimum 4G LTE requirements are effective immediately and apply to both new and renewal Type Approval applications。

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