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 4G

El Salvador: Telefonica launches the first LTE commercial service in the country

On 26th November 2016, Telefonica started offering LTE service in San Salvador, La Libertad, Santa Ana and San Miguel regions.

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Canada: Update of the Radio Standards Specification covering broadband radio equipment in 2.6 GHz band

In December 2016, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) published a Gazzette Notice to inform about the release of an update to the Radio Standards Specification applicable to broadband radio equipment in 2.6 GHz band.

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Finland: FICORA publishes the winners of the 700 MHz licenses for 4G networks

On 25th November 2016, the Viestintävirasto, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA), published the results of the 700 MHz band auction for mobile broadband services.

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Vietnam: Consultation on amendments to the IMT regulation

On 29th November 2016, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) published a Draft Circular on amendments to the regulations for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) systems in the 850, 900 and 1800 MHz bands.

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 2G

Singapore: Prohibition of selling 2G mobile devices from 1st January 2017

On 7th December 2016, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced that selling 2G-only mobile devices for use in Singapore is prohibited from 1st January 2017.

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 Standards and Regulations

Japan: Working group for reviewing technical requirements of the 920 MHz band

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) organized a Working Group in order to review the technical standard for low power systems, such as RFID applications, in the 920 MHz band.

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Afghanistan: Public consultation on NFAT

Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) issued, on 19th October 2016, a public consultation on an updated version of the National Frequency Allocation Table (NFAT).

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Mexico: New approval process for wideband communication products in 900 MHz, 2.4 and 5.8 GHz bands

The Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) has updated the two procedures available to request the definitive approval certificate of a telecommunications product previously certified by a certification body after the approval of a new technical regulation for wideband communication products.

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European Union: New Harmonised Standards for Ultra Low Power Active Medical Implants, Short Range Devices, and IMT cellular equipment

On 9th December 2016, the European Commission published a new communication on the implementation of Directive 2014/53/EU were they include additional entries in the list of harmonised standards.

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India: Importation rules for devices intended only for assembling/repair and re-exportation

On 9th November 2016, the Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing (WPC) of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MeitY) published a memorandum where they decided that importation of wireless equipment intended for re-exportation after assembling/repairing for use in other countries may be allowed under some specified conditions.

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New Zealand: RSM issues the Draft Spectrum Outlook 2017-2021

On 12th December 2016, the Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) published a strategic document where they evaluate new areas of development of spectrum management, examine emerging wireless technologies —such as 5G, Internet of Things, Intelligent Transportation Systems, etc.— and establish their work programme for the period 2017-2021.

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India: Mobile phones will require Indian language support

On 24th October 2016, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) published a modification to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) registration rules to require mobile phones to support Indian language.

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Mexico: Consultations on draft regulations for SAR testing

On 12th December 2016, the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) launched two public consultations on technical regulations related to Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) testing.

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Vietnam: MIC publishes new technical regulations for cellular base stations

On 8th December 2016, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) issued two national technical standards setting out requirements for cellular base stations and repeaters.

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Afghanistan: Public consultation on type approval rules

On 25th October 2016, the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) issued the draft version of their new type approval regulations for public consultation.

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South Africa: New amendment to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

On 22nd November 2016, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published a new amendment to the regulations of the radio frequency spectrum after the results of a public consultation completed during 2016.

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Colombia: CRC publishes an updated resolution providing a compilation of all current general provisions

The Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC) has published a new resolution, dated on 10th November 2016, where a compilation of all the current general provisions is provided.

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Belgium: Consultation on draft radio interfaces

On 24th November 2016, the Institut Belge des Services Postaux et des Télécommunications (BIPT) launched a public consultation about the update of several radio interfaces.

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Vanuatu: Consultation on type approval rules

The Telecommunications and Radiocommunication Regulator (TRR) published a consultation paper on draft Type Approval regulation on 14th November 2016.

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European Union: Public Consultation on spectrum aspects of Intelligent Transport Systems

On 9th November 2016, the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) published a consultation about spectrum aspects of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

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European Union: A Spectrum Roadmap for IoT

The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) issued, on 9th November 2016, a public consultation about spectrum aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT), including M2M applications.

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Rwanda: Changes to the Type approval procedure for wireless modules

On 12th December 2016 Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) informed about an update in the type approval process which is currently under consultation that is affecting temporarily the approval of wireless modules.

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China: Short Range Devices get exempted from SRRC type approval

A revision of China radio regulations made Short Range Devices (SRD) exempted from certification by State Radio Regulation of China (SRRC) with effect from 1st December 2016.

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 Other news

Costa Rica: Auction of the 1800 and 1900/2100 MHz bands for mobile services

The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL) announced, on 9th December 2016, a public tender of six frequency blocks in the 1800 and 1900/2100 MHz bands for mobile services.

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