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ENACOM announces minor updates to the RAMATEL marking guidelines taking affect May 10, 2023. The following changes have been implemented:
- The RAMATEL logo may now be placed in the user guide or user manual if the marking cannot be affixed on the product label due to size limitations.
- E-labeling is allowed but instructions on how to locate the e-label must be printed in the user manual or user guide. Instructions may also be available via the manufacturer’s website.
- Products installed in a vehicle – the RAMATEL label must be included in the user manual or available via the manufacturer’s website
The Minister of Economy and ENACOM announced the allocation of the spectrum band for the use and development of Wi-Fi 6 technology. This enables the spectrum in the range of 5925 to 7125 MHz (6 GHz band) for free use (without license) by the provider companies.
CMC has announced changes to the type approval certification process which includes:
- Family approvals are now allowed and will be issued only if the requested models have the same technical specifications.
- CMC reserves the right to request product samples for inspection
- High powered devices may now be subject to licensing process
On May 15, 2023, Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) NTA has implemented mandatory IMEI registration requirements for all mobile devices and devices supporting cellular communication. IMEI numbers must be registered in the Mobile Device Management System (MDMS) prior to import after receiving pre-approval from NTA during the Type Approval process.
The certification approval process in Pakistan is experiencing extended delays as there has been announcements of national shutdowns due to extreme political unrest.
IMDA will allocate more radio frequency spectrum to support advanced Wi-Fi connectivity. The expansion will include 500MHz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band. “The lower segment of the 6 GHz band (i.e., 5925 – 6425 MHz) provides an additional 500 MHz of contiguous spectrum that has been globally identified as suitable for Wi-Fi use.”
ICASA has announced an amendment to Annex B of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulation. The new amendment allocates more spectrum in the lower 6GHz band for Wi-Fi services. “The 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.”
Approval processes in South Sudan has resumed. Expect extensive lead times as the Certification Body works to clear the backlog and accept new applications.
Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7
On 28th April Thailand NBTC had announces the following notification
- NBTC Notification: Criteria of authorization to use frequency 5.925-6.425GHz
- NBTC Notification: Technical Standard NBTC TS 1039-2566 Telecommunication Equipment Using Frequency of 5.925-6.425GHz
Requirements for 5.925-6.425GHz (e.g., Wi-Fi 6E) approval
Required approval: SDoC
Required test reports: RF test report based on FCC Part 15.407 (ETSI EN is not acceptable): Below are required test clauses.
NBTC Required the test report following FCC Standards and the frequency range must be 5.925 -6.425 GHz plus the power must be fulfilled by the NBTC Criteria below.
Normal FCC reports with higher power and with the range of 5.925 – 7.125 GHz for NBTC Submission will no longer be accepted.
1.1 Maximum output power: Limit
Note for Outdoor equipment test reports with output power 250 mW e.i.r.p. will be rejected. NBTC require test reports with 25 mW e.i.r.p. for outdoor equipment.
1.2 Maximum power spectral density:
1.3 Channel Bandwidth
1.4 Undesirable emissions limits: out of band emissions
1.5 In-band emissions (emission mask)
1.6 Contention based protocol
Note: Access point with output power over 25 mW (e.i.r.p.) but not over 250 mW (e.i.r.p.) shall not be with battery powered source
2) EMF or SAR test report (For indoor/outdoor use with output power 25 mW, it can be exempted to EMF/SAR test report)
3) Electrical safety test report e.g. IEC60950-1 or IEC62368-1 or TIS 62368-1
For products that had been approved without 6GHz earlier under class A or class B (e.g. mobile phone with 4G/5G+wifi), if product will add Wi-Fi 6GHz, NBTC will require to get new type approval certificate and model number must be changed differently from original model number. For products that had been approved without 6GHz earlier under SDoC (e.g., Wi-Fi with 2.4, 5GHz), if product will add Wi-Fi 6GHz, NBTC will require to get new SDoC, and model number can remain as original model number.