Colombia – Homologation of data only cellular devices postponed

The Colombia Telecommunications authority has issued CRC Resolution 5300 of 2018 which provides new information regarding the updates to their project for “Revision of the homologation regime of terminal equipment”.

Originally, under CRC 5050 of 2016, starting February 1st of 2018, all terminal equipment that uses cellular bands would require to be homologated even if the devices are only capable of data transmission.

The new communication postpones the implementation of this change indefinitely while they continue to develop their homologations program.

All devices that use cellular frequencies for data only can continue being certified under the no homologation process.


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Vietnam: New EMC Requirements for Radio Broadband Data Transmission Equipment

Effective July 1st, 2018 a new standard will be implemented in Vietnam.  The following product types will require EMC testing:

  • Radio communication equipment using spread spectrum modulation in the 2.4 GHz band;
  •  Radio access equipment operating in the frequency band 5 150 MHz to 5 350 MHz, 5 470 MHz to 5 725 MHz and 5 725 MHz to 5 850 MHz;
  • High-speed radio access equipment, from 57 GHz to 66 GHz; and
  • BWA / WiMAX broadband radio access equipment in both TDD and FDD modes.

These products will need to comply with standards:  QCVN 18:2014 and QCVN 112:2017

The testing fees will have some impact because of this.

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Thailand: New regulations being considered

The NBTC is considering changes to the 920-925 MHz bands in Thailand.  After public comment, the NBTC is open to adding a new standard for non-RFID radio communications equipment. We expect this new standard to be implemented anywhere from Dec 2017 – February 2018.

Draft requirement are shown below :


(New standard) – Standard/Announcement Name: Technical Standard for non-RFID Radio Communication Equipment 920-925 MHz

Standard number: NBTC TS 10XX-256X (to be assigned)


Description Detail
Frequency Range 920-925MHz
Output power 4 Watt e.i.r.p.
Unwanted emissions in the spurious As per ETSI EN 300 220-1 or

Code of Federal Regulation (USA): Title 47 Telecommunication; Chapter 1 Federal Communications Commission; Part 15 Radio Frequency Devices ; Subpart C – Intention Radiators ; §15.209 Radiated emission limits ; general requirements

Spectrum Access Spectrum Access shall follow Duty Cycle or Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum:FHSS as in below requirements
Duty Cycle Duty cycle in 1 hour shall not be over below value

Output power % of duty cycle
<50 mW e.i.r.p. Not specified
>50 mW e.i.r.p. but not over 4 W e.i.r.p. 10
Frequency Hopping Spread

Spectrum : FHSS

Bandwidth at 20dB Number of hopping channels Dwell time
<250kHz Not over 50 0.4 seconds within 20 seconds
>= 250kHz but  not over 500kHz Not over 25 0.4 seconds within 10 seconds
Electrical safety requirements IEC60950-1 or TIS1561-2556
Human Health Safety requirements As per NBTC regulation regarding human health safety.
Classification of equipment
Output power Classification
Not over 50 mW e.i.r.p. Sdoc
Over 50 mW e.i.r.p. but  not over 4 W e.i.r.p. Class A


(Revising standard) – Standard/Announcement Name: Technical Standard for RFID Radio Communication Equipment 920-925 MHz

Standard number: NBTC TS 1010-256X (to be assigned)


Description Change Detail from previous version
Classification RFID 920-925MHz will be changed for its classification as follows.

Output power Before After
Not over 50 mW EIRP Class A (user license exempted Sdoc (manufacture, possess, user, import, export license exempted)
>50 not over 500 mW EIRP Class A (posess, user, export license exempted) (no change)
>500mW EIRP not over 4 W EIRP Class A (no change)


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Paraguay: New labeling requirements

Starting in September 2017, all devices must show the CONATEL logo and registration number on the same label that shows manufacturer name, brand and model.

Imported equipment must also show the name and address of local distributor (this can be shown in the manual).

If the equipment size is too small, authorization can be requested to Conatel for alternatives in the marking.
Font must be HelveticaNeueLT Std (Blk for CONATEL and CN for Registration number).
If the label is not printed or black and white, specific colors need to be considered.







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CRAN: Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia

The CRAN, established in 2009 is the regulatory authority of Namibia.  This authority has many regulations and objectives to achieve.  Some of them are as follows:

  • To govern the general framework within the telecom sector to promote competition
  • To promote the availability of a wide range of high quality, reliable and efficient telecom services throughout Namibia
  • To increase access to telecom and other information services at reasonable and affordable rates
  • To ensure that the costs to consumers for telecom devices and reliable and affordable
  • To encourage private investment
  • Ensure fair competition

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Brazil took another step towards blocking pirated cell phones on Friday May 26th, 2017.  According to an official statement from ANATEL, the plan is to deactivate all IMEI’s that are not registered in the GSMA database.  This will help prevent using pirated or stolen cell phones in Brazil.  ANATEL’s goal is for cellular providers to start notifying their users that they “own this type of handsets” and that they have 75 days to comply before being deactivated.

Cell phones purchased outside the country will not be affected as long as the certification process has been carried out in their respective countries and their IMEI is in the GSMA database.

A two-year data collection study by SIGA found more than 13 million counterfeit cellular devices in Brazil.

This is a great opportunity to get into the market!

There will be a need for more certified devices after millions of counterfeit cell phones are deactivated in Brazil!

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Starting on April 1st 2017, the Persian Gulf countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Yemen) will require the “G-Mark” with a notified body (NB) number and a QR code for tracking.  These new standards are mandatory for market access.

The “G-Mark” is referred to as GSO Conformity Tracking Symbol (GCTS).  This “symbol” is granted by the GSO along with a four digit Notified Body identification number and a QR code for tracking.  This comes as part of the certification process.

Labeling Requirements:

GCTS information will be affixed to the product or its label by the manufacturer, authorized representative, or the importer under the responsibility of the notified body and meet the minimum dimensions as shown below:













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The growth of telephone access in Africa, mobile cellular communications have become the new norm.  While this growth is significant, it remains almost certain that the current demands for the radio spectrum are unlikely to exhaust the system.  This is good news because it will help foster development in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

Currently, the radio frequency spectrum is part of the public domain of the State.  With management of the spectrum, the focus is on these key factors:

  1. Interference: Transmissions can interfere unless separated in terms of frequency, geography, or time. Regulators are still working on the balance between reducing the extent of harmful interference and potential new services to the market.
  2. International co-ordination: Effective use of the spectrum will require neighboring countries to cooperate to mitigate harmful interference. Governments are still weighing the benefits of a more harmonized use of the spectrum.
  3. Investment: Stability in spectrum assignments to encourage investments can slow the pace of spectrum re-use.   Most equipment can only operate over a limited range of frequencies and having a harmonized Type Approval process will keep demand off the spectrum.  While the spectrum is finite, it is a resource for many services.

Type approval of equipment is the practice of regulating the spectrum to promote correct usage.  This ensures that the equipment is only using these certain bands and puts controls on potential interference.  Therefore, governments will limit band allocation to the public.

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