New FCC Permit But Ask List
As a result of a recent policy update, manufacturers no longer have to submit any FCC applications directly to the FCC as all devices can now be authorised by a Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB), such as TÜV SÜD BABT.
On 9 April 9, the FCC published an updated KDB 388624 D02 Permit But Ask List v15 which adds all items from the TCB Exclusion List, as well as changes related to implanted transmitters, Doppler radar, CMRS industrial boosters, and LTE Rel. 8 devices.
FCC Pre-approval testing will still be required for the following three equipment categories:
- Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices with Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) capability (Part 15 Subpart E), including client devices operating in the DFS bands that have radar detection capability.
- Television Band Devices (TVBD) (Part 15 Subpart H).
- Ultra-wideband (UWB devices operating under Part 15 Subpart F).
Additionally, the FCC published and updated KDB 388624 D01 Permit But Ask Procedure v10. PBA categories have been added to address the addition of items formerly on the TCB Exclusion List.
FCC increases availability of spectrum for high-speed, high-capacity Wi-Fi and other unlicensed uses in the 5 GHz band
A news release from the FCC has announced that it is providing for accelerated growth and expansion of new Wi-Fi technology, to increase overall capacity and reduce congestion at Wi-Fi hot spots.
The new rules will make 100 MHz of spectrum more accessible for use in homes and congested spaces like convention centres, parks, and airports - increasing the potential for more unlicensed spectrum innovation. The FCC has therefore significantly increased the utility of the 100 MHz spectrum, while streamlining existing rules and equipment authorisation procedures for devices within the 5 GHz band.
The new rules remove the current restriction on indoor-only use and increase the permissible power, allowing U-NII devices to better integrate with other unlicensed portions of the 5 GHz band to offer faster speeds and reduce congestion at crowded Wi-Fi hot spots such as airports and convention centres.
Read the full news item here.
FCC - Newly published UNII rules effective June 2, 2014
On 2 June 2, the recently published FCC UNII rules will go into effect with the exception of Sec. 15.407(j), which contains information collection requirements that have not been approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The rules from the FCC First Report & order 14-30 can be found at the Federal Register.
The newly published rules, amend the FCC rules governing the operation of unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices in the 5 GHz band by increasing power and permitting outdoor use in the U-NII-1 band, while adding 25 megahertz to the U-NII-3 band. It also takes steps to reduce the potential for harmful interference to incumbent operations. This follows the recent initiative announcement by the FCC to make broadband technologies more widely available for consumers and businesses.
The proceeding satisfies the requirements of the Spectrum Act, by which Congress required that the FCC begin a proceeding regarding U-NII devices in the 5 GHz band within a year if it determined, after consultation with NTIA, that incumbents will be protected and their missions will not be compromised.
Industry Canada LTE Band 14 – Current policy
Devices capable of operating in the 788-798 MHz band cannot be certified for Industry Canada, which is currently carrying out a consultation on the band (timeframe is unknown).
For subscriber equipment only, Industry Canada has confirmed that a device supporting the LTE Band 14 can be certified without disabling band 14 capability. However, the following requirements would apply:
Once Industry Canada publish an appropriate radio standards specification to cover this band, the manufacturer should submit an application for a reassessment of the model(s)
- Band 14 will not be listed on the device certificate and the Radio Equipment List
- This rule is not applicable for base station equipment
New EMC and Low Voltage Directives in Europe
The new Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Low Voltage Directives were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on March 29, 2014. The Directives will rescind the existing directives and will not supplement them. Manufacturers must update their Declarations for products placed on the EU market / put into service in the EU from 20 April 2016.
NFC Forum approves test tools for certification testing
After an extensive validation process by TÜV SÜD Product Service in the UK, the NFC Forum has approved three new test tools for certification testing against its Analogue Technical Specification. The full list of approved tools can be found here.