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Global Market Access Newsletter June 2023

 

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ArgentinaArgentina’s Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) issued Resolution 756/2023 on May 24, 2023, allocating the frequency band 5925-7125 MHz for devices using Wi-Fi 6E technology. This device has now been approved in Argentina.

The frequency band can only be used indoors, with a maximum access point (AP) or subdevice (SD) power of 30 dBm EIRP and EIRP spectral density of 5 dBm/MHz.

The client device (CD) has a maximum power of 24dBm EIRP and an EIRP spectral density of -1dBm/MHz.

Devices using this band may not be used in vehicles (including automobiles, trains, boats, and planes), except aircraft flying above 10,000 feet.

ChinaState Radio Regulation of China (SRRC) has published the Interim Regulations on Radio Management of Wireless Charging (Power Transmission) Equipment on May 30, 2023. The Regulations apply to the importation or production of wireless charging equipment for mobile and portable wireless charging equipment and wireless charging equipment for electric vehicles, including motorcycles. It is not mandatory for this equipment to apply for a radio frequency use license, a radio station license, or a radio transmission equipment type approval, however this equipment must be compliant with laws and regulations on product quality, electromagnetic radiation and electrical safety, national standards, and the relevant provisions of the national radio management. The Regulations will come into effect on September 1, 2024.
South KoreaThe National Radio Research Agency (RRA) of Korea has opened a public consultation on May 18, 2023 to June 19, 2023, on a partial revision to “Equipment subject to measurement of electromagnetic wave strength and electromagnetic wave absorption rate.” The reason for the revision is to pursue consistency in the electromagnetic wave human body protection policy by including it in the subject of application of the electromagnetic wave intensity standard as the regulations on devices related to new technology and new products (wireless power transmission devices) are eased. The revision calls for the inclusion of wireless power transmission devices for electric vehicles in the list of devices to be tested to standards for EMC and SAR. The consultation was conducted from May 18 to June 19, 2023.
RussiaNew GOSTs will be included in the list of regional (interstate) and international standards to the technical regulation “On the safety of equipment for children’s playgrounds” (TR EAEU 042/2017).

 

The documents, including interstate GOST 34614.7-2019 “Equipment and coatings for playgrounds. Part 7. Manual for installation, control, maintenance and operation” and two national standards on the method for determining the level of migration of caprolactam into air and water from playgrounds, were developed as part of the Program for the development (amendment, revision) of standards for the technical regulations for equipment for children’s playgrounds.

Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia has prepared and submitted for discussion a draft amendment to the technical regulation “On Restricting the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Radio Electronics Products” (EAEU TR 037/2016).

The document gives for clarification and concretization of the arrangements of technical regulations in terms of extending the scope, as well as updating requirements for controlled classification of hazardous substances and constraining their content in electrical and radio electronics products.

In this way, in agreement with the draft, it is proposed to expand the list of regulated hazardous substances from 6 to 10 by adding diethylhexyl phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, diisobutyl phthalate, as well as set up an open list of electrical and radio electronics products subject to affirmation of compliance with requirements of TR EAEU 037/2016 (with indication of exceptions therefrom).

On June 1, 2023, “On the safety of products intended for civil defense and protection against natural and man-made emergencies” which is the technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union TR EAEU 050/2021 began to operate. The regulation was adopted by the decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) No. 100 dated October 5, 2021.

 

Scope of TR EAEU 050/2021.

TR EAEU 050/2021 applies to the following groups:

1.         Technical means of protective structures of civil defense.

2.         Technical means of control, communication and notification.

3.          Emergency rescue equipment.

4.         Technical means of monitoring emergency situations.

A complete list of objects of technical regulation TR EAEU 050/2021 is given in the appendix to the regulation.

RussiaMandatory conformity assessment.
The requirements for the confirmation of conformity of products are enshrined in Chapter VII of TR EAEU 050/2021. Conformity assessment is carried out in the form of certification before the release of goods into circulation according to the following certification schemes:

1.         1s and 2s – for mass-produced products;

2.         3s – for a batch of devices;

3.         4s – for a single device.

 

To obtain a certificate, the applicant forms a set of documents:

* technical: design, engineering, technological and/or operational documentation for products;
* standards, standards of the organization, specifications or other documents in accordance with which the products are manufactured (if any);
* a list of standards included in the list of standards, as a result of which the implementation of the regulation is ensured (if applied by the applicant);
* description of adopted technical solutions and results of risk assessment confirming compliance with the requirements of the regulation, if the standards included in the list of standards, as a result of which the implementation of the regulation is ensured, are absent or have not been applied (if necessary); certificate of conformity of the management system (for scheme 2c);
* test reports (if available); an agreement with a manufacturer (including a foreign manufacturer) providing for compliance of products supplied to the customs territory of the Union with the requirements of the regulation and liability for non-compliance of such products with the specified requirements (for a person authorized by the manufacturer) (for scheme 1c);
* contract (delivery agreements) and shipping documents identifying a single product or batch of products, including its size (for schemes 3c and 4c);
* information about the registration or accounting (individual, identification) number of the applicant, assigned during the state registration of a legal entity or individual as an individual entrepreneur in accordance with the legislation of the Member State;
* other documents at the choice of the applicant, which served as the basis for confirming the conformity of products with the requirements of the regulation (if any).

Transitional period for the entry into force of TR EAEU 050/2021.
On February 1, 2022, Transitional arrangements for the entry into force of TR EAEU 050/2021 are settled by the decision of the EEC Board No. 18. In this way, permits issued before the entry into force of the regulation will be valid until the due date, but no later than January 1, 2025.

SerbiaMultilateral Coordination for the VHF-III Radio Frequency Band (174 MHz – 230 MHz) T-DAB Scheme by Members of the Administrations of Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania and Serbia, from 12 to 13 June 2023 in Budapest. More than 10 coordination meetings over the period of two years of extensive work was held by these administrations. The purpose is to find common solutions for re-planning and improving the existing GE06 Plan, taking into account equal access to the spectrum, efficient use of the allocated spectrum, various administrations’ requests, as well as technical and other challenges.  Representatives of the Broadcasting Group of RATEL (The Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services) participated in meetings.

As a consequence of the work of the Multilateral Coordination Group, the administrations signed at the meeting a Multilateral Framework Coordination Agreement (MULTILATERAL FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATIONS OF AUSTRIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, CROATIA, HUNGARY, ROMANIA, SERBIA, SLOVENIA on the frequency plan of VHF Band III, covering the frequency range of 174 – 230 MHz), including mutual bilateral agreements containing harmonized technical and geographical parameters of radio frequency allocations.

South AfricaICASA releases more spectrum for WI-FI Services in the 6GHz – band.
That means, during which time you had received the certificates without the 6L GHz band the rule had not been passed, thus you would be liable for the amendments.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has published an Amendment to Annexure B of Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015 in respect of Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence Exemptions, effectively opening up the lower 6 GHz spectrum band for the provision of Wi-Fi services.

The lower 6GHz frequency band refers to the radio frequency range of 5925 – 6425 MHz, as allocated in the National Radio Frequency Plan.
Annexure B of Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015, consists of a list of radio apparatus, the use or possession of which does not require a radio frequency spectrum licence.

South AfricaThe Authority has now incorporated the key lower 6 GHz frequency band (from 5 925 to 6 425 MHz) for Radio Local Access Networks (RLAN / Wi-Fi) Applications, and the frequency band 122 – 246 GHz for Non-Specific Short-range Applications, via this amendment to Annexure B of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations.

This lower 6GHz frequency band offers several benefits and a much-needed boost for RLAN(s) and provides a much-needed boost for the uptake of Wi-Fi services.
This additional spectrum can support more simultaneous connections, offers reduced latency, delivers faster data speeds, and results in less interference, especially in potential congested high-density areas and campus environments.

Overall, the implementation of the lower 6 GHz frequency band is expected to provide significant improvements, more robust and reliable wireless communications, and an enhanced user experience for both the consumers and businesses throughout the country.

IndiaThe Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) of India has issued a notification on June 23, 2023, announcing the products that fall under MTCTE Phase-V. Products listed include:

1.         Base Station for Cellular Network for 5G

2.         5G Core

3.         Hypervisor

4.         E-band Fixed Radio Relay Systems

5.         Converged Multi-Service Application Access Equipment (C-MSAAE)

6.          IP Terminal

7.         Hybrid Set Top Box

Applications for these products will be accepted starting July 1, 2023, and the deadline for mandatory certification is July 1, 2024. Test reports issued by ILAC accredited labs from non-border countries for technical parameters of these products will only be accepted until June 30, 2024.

IndiaThe Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) of India issued a notification on June 23, 2023, which offers extension dates for certification of MTCTE products. The following amendments have been issued and are immediately in effect:

–            The date of mandatory certification has been extended from July 1, 2023 to October 1, 2023 for 32 products (ERs) under Phase 3 and Phase 4 listed in Annexure-I.

–            The date of mandatory certification has been extended from July 1, 2023 to January 1, 2024 for 12 products (ERs) under Phase 3 and Phase 4 listed in Annexure-II.

The last date for accepting test reports issued by ILAC accredited labs from non-border sharing countries has been extended from June 30, 2023 to December 31, 2023 for the technical parameters for products listed in Annexure-III.

JapanThe Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications have proposed to amend the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Radio Act to introduce technical requirements for digital cordless telephones using DECT system and TD LTE system in Japan.The outline of the amendment is proposed as below:

1.         Expansion of the 700MHz operating band of mobile telecommunications radio equipment for LTE from “718-748 MHz (Uplink), 773-803MHz (Downlink)” to “715-748MHz (Uplink), 770-803MHz (Downlink)”.

2.         Make available for use the 3MHz Channel bandwidth of mobile telecommunications radio equipment for LTE in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz and 1.7GHz bands.

3.         The proposed date of adoption is August 2023, and the amendment will appear in Official Government Gazette in Japan when adopted.

VietnamThe Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of Vietnam has published Circular 04/2023/TT-BTTTT, which will replace Circular 02/2022/TT-BTTTT. Below are some main changes of the new Circular compared with Circular 02/2022/TT-BTTTT:

1.         MIC added some new standards. Details
–       QCVN 130:2022/BTTTT (RF EMC standard for wireless audio devices)
–       QCVN 131:2022/BTTTT (RF standard for EUTRA NB-IoT)
–       QCVN 132:2022/BTTTT (Safety standard for tablet, desktop, laptop, DECT phone, Set top box, Televisions) (mandatory from Jan. 01, 2024)
–       QCVN 18:2022/BTTTT (RF EMC standard for Radar 76-77GHz, 5G…)

2.         QCVN 65:2013/BTTTT is officially invalid. QCVN 65:2021/BTTTT is mandatory.

3.         NFC 13.56MHz, SRD 5.8GHz is moved to Annex 2. It means it will be mandatory to declaration of conformity only.

4.         5G NR devices must support both SA and NSA. Type approval certificates for 5G devices which only have 5G SA or 5G NSA will be still be valid, but not later than June 30, 2024

5.         Land mobile terminal equipment must have 4G function from July 01, 2024. The type approval certificates for devices which support 2G, 2.5G, 3G only will still be valid, but no later than June 30, 2024.

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