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|A generic exemption for below mentioned Interfaces/Parameters pertaining to Essential Requirements (ER) of product notified under Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment (MTCTE) is issued up to Jun. 30th, 2023 or till further orders.
|National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) – officially announced following 2 notifications – “Criteria of authorization to use frequency 5.925-6.425GHz” and “Technical Standard NBTC TS 1039-2566 Telecommunication Equipment Using Frequency of 5.925-6.425GHz” on 28th April 2023.
RF test reports based on FCC Part 15.407 and Electrical safety test report e.g. IEC60950-1 or IEC62368-1 or TIS 62368-1 will be acceptable for Type Approval purposes.
For previously approved products for devices which support 5.925-6.425GHz but where this frequency was not approved by NBTC under either Class A or Class B, new approvals will be needed if manufacturers now wish to cover this frequency range. It is not possible to amend the existing certificate for the current model number.
For previously approved products for devices which support 5.925-6.425GHz but where this frequency was not approved by NBTC under SDoC, a new approval will be needed if manufacturers now wish to cover this frequency range, and it will be possible to retain the existing device model number.
|South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) has confirmed that, having conducted a performance check relating to SK Telecom’s (SKT’s) utilisation of 28GHz frequencies for 5G connectivity, it plans to cancel the cellco’s concession.
Having previously cancelled KT and LG Uplus’ 28GHz licences back in November 2022 after the pair fell short of meeting requirements in their licences, the regulator at that date gave SKT a temporary reprieve, saying its licence would remain valid until 31 May 2023.
Now, however, it said it had reviewed SKT’s performance as it relates to the use of 28GHz spectrum and had found the operator had rolled out just 1,650 base stations operating in the band, of a required 15,000. Given that SKT has confirmed that it has no plans for further deployments, the MSIT has therefore given it advance notice of its intention to cancel its licence at the end of this month.
|Subsecretaría de telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL) released modification Resolution No. 770/ 2023 to replace No. 6554/2010.
Modification as below:
1. Replace the title of the rule “Regulates the use of the frequency band 3.400- 3.600MHz”
2. Replace the “Resolved” by the expression “Set the following technical standard for the band of frequencies 3.400-3.600MHz.
|On May 12, 2023, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) published an announcement regarding the allocation of the 6 GHz band in Singapore. This decision comes after a thorough consideration of public comments and views gathered during the consultation period that opened on February 14, 2023.
IMDA has taken a significant stride towards enhancing Wi-Fi connectivity in Singapore by allocating an additional 500 MHz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band. This allocation not only complements Singapore’s Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN) and 5G mobile networks but also paves the way for the deployment of the latest Wi-Fi 6E technology.
Timeline for Wi-Fi 6E in Singapore
IMDA will amend its Regulations to allocate the radio frequency spectrum 5,925 MHz – 6,425 MHz for Wi-Fi use in Singapore.
IMDA expects Wi-Fi 6E-enabled equipment and devices to be commercially available in Singapore by 3Q 2023.
|Argentina Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) has updated RAMATEL labelling requirement on May 10, 2023.
Main modification in brief:
1. Labelling on vehicle with certified devices is not visible to end use, require to print corresponding labelling in the manual and document accompanying the vehicle. Or, to publish on the official website of the vehicle manufacturer or importer.
2. For e-labelling, an instruction for accessing e-label should be provided in the accompanying equipment document, on the package, and/or on the official websited of the manufacturer or importer of the product.
3. If labelling on the product is not feasible due to the construction, size or package restrictions, labelling in the manual, quick start guide and/or packaging is allowed.
|On May 24th, ENACOM published Resolution 756/2023 to formally allocate the WiFi 6E (5925-7125 MHz) and to define the technical specifications for the use of WiFi wireless access systems. This band restricted to indoor use only, Access Points (AP) and Subordnate Devices (SD) can operate with a maximum EIRP of 30dBm and a maximum EIRP spectral density of 5dBm/MHz.
Client Devices (CD) can operate with a maximum EIRP of 24 dBm and a maximum EIRP spectral density of -1 dBm/MHz.
Out-of-band emissions should not exceed an EIRP of -27 dBm/MHz.
|A new law on electronic communications (RS Official Gazette, No. 35/23) came into force on 7 May 2023 after which the Electronic Communications and Postal Services Regulatory Authority (RATEL) became the Electronic Communications and Postal Services Regulatory Authority. RATEL will continue to carry out its regulatory and other tasks within the scope of its competences set out in the above laws and special laws regulating the postal services and cybersecurity sector.
The legislation on electronic communications is largely aligned with the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), with deliberate action to create a modern business environment in accordance with European standards, which is good for the economy and the standard of living of its citizens. will have an impact.
The purpose of this law is, inter alia, to ensure the homogeneous development of electronic communications in the whole territory of the Republic of Serbia and to ensure the connection, wide availability and use of new generation networks, in particular high-capacity networks including fixed, mobile and wireless networks.
|The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Oman announced on April 18, 2023, that a directive has been issued for IoT devices that are used with international roaming SIM cards. The directive aims to regulate international roaming for IoT devices, enhance their security levels, and protect personal data. International roaming services may be provided to IoT devices, as long as they work on a temporary basis using SIM/E-SIM cards from the licensee. International roaming SIM cards will be allowed to be used in Oman for no more than 90 days in local networks. Providers or importers of these IoT devices may apply to extend the timeframe for international roaming for more than 90 days by requesting an exception.
|The Communications and Media Commission (CMC) of Iraq has issued a new type approval regulation in April 2023 and in affected.
Main points of new regulation as below:
– A new type of type approval certificate (“family certificate”) is issued for models with the same technical specifications but differences in model name.
– A type approval certificate is granted for any wireless or wired telecommunications equipment according to the types of devices and conditions listed in the regulation.
– CMC reserves the right to request a sample device.
– High powered devices may be subject to licensing.
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