South Africa issues Amendment of the unlicensed bands list.

After issuance of a draft in 2019, South Africa ICASA issued on Dec 15th 2021 the amendment of the radio frequency spectrum regulation listing allowed bands for unlicensed bands. The new regulations came with the following modifications:

  • More bands for inductive applications allowing more deployment for Wireless charger beyond 135KHz (135-148.5KHz and 148.5-5000KHz)
  • New RFID Band 400-600KHz -8dbuA/m @10m
  • UWB: 3100-4800MHz & 6000-9500 MHz
  • 5725-5875MHz added for Non Specific Applications EN 300440 and for Wireless Industrial Applications EN 303 258
  • Radar 57-64Ghz EN 305550
  • 63-64GHz for ITS
  • 77-81GHz for RTTT

These are the main changes our customers were asking about all the time.. finally, we have them now!

The regulation can be found on the authority website

South Africa: Invitation to bid for IMT spectrum

By legal notice N°717 of 2021, ICASA announced on Dec 10th the opening of the auction process for the application for the following bands: 703 – 790 MHz (“IMT700”), 790 – 862 MHz (“IMT800”), 2500 -2690MHz (“IMT2600”), and 3400 – 3600 MHz (“IMT3500”)

Interested persons can submit their applications no later than January 31st 2022

Tanzania calls for comment on the draft technical specification for IoT devices

(Update November 19th 2021, TCRA just published the final version of the guidelines. you can find it on their website)

The following post was first published on October 23rd

TCRA published their first version of the draft technical specification for IoT devices (UE or BS) which employ NB-IoT Category NB1 and/or M1 rel 13 onwards.

The draft specification states the RF, EMC, SAR, Safety standards for conformity assessment as well as applicable bands within which the devices shall operate:

The draft can be found on the authority website. Interested parties can send their comments before Oct 31st 2021

Botswana BOCRA to link Type approval to the obligation to service repair

Botswana BOCRA is calling for comments on Draft of Type approval and repair center guidelines. The draft was published on Friday November 6th 2021.

The guidelines which are supposed to be enforced in April 2022 call for the Type approval requestor to ensure that

  • Approved equipments are maintained and repaired in centers accredited by the authority
  • Consumers are provided with aftersales support
  • formal agreements with local and international partners exist
  • a register of repair centers under partnership is maintained
  • dispose off electronic waste

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