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Chile’s regulatory authority, Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL), modified its regulations for WLAN and BT to allow up to 1 W maximum power output, a significant increase from the prior 150 mW allowance.
Additional changes are as follows:
Band 5725-5850 MHz now has the same value for outdoor and indoor devices at 1 W; previously, the outdoor operation had to be 50 mW.
Band 5150-5250 MHz is still restricted to indoor only, but now the limit is 200 mW instead of 150 mW.
Regarding the type of RF test reports required:
Maximum (not average) power emitted, expressed in mW or dBm. If maximum peak output for Spread Spectrum equipment (FHSS, DSSS, or other) is over 150 mW or 21.76dBm we would need a declaration letter from the manufacturer certifying that the equipment to be commercialized in Chile will operate below that limit. For Subtel's regulation what matters is always RADIATED power, not conducted power. That is, power has to consider antenna gain.
For short range devices that we certify, depending on the type of equipment and on frequency band used, regulation establishes the limits for one of the two following parameters:
1) Radiated power (EIRP): this is the case for WiFi and BT equipment, among many other.
2) Field strength: this is the case of RFID equipment, some remote controls, among many other.
If the limit for an equipment is established for radiated power, then we need a report (sometimes called RF Test Report) that provides power measurements for all the frequency bands of operation, either for radiated power or for conducted power, expressed in mW or in dBm. If the measurements data is for radiated power, the maximum value can be taken directly from the report. If the measurements data is for conducted power, then we need to convert it to radiated power to compare it against the limit in the regulation, which is established for radiated power. In order to convert it, the antenna gain (in dBi) needs to be added to the conducted power. That is, Radiated power (dBm) = Conducted power (dBm) + Antenna gain (dBi). Therefore, in case a Test Report provides only conducted power measurements, we need to know also the antenna gain(s) for the antenna(s) used by the equipment (some equipment use more than one antenna, for the different frequency bands). In many cases the antenna gain is mentioned (included) in the equipment's description in the same Test Report. If that's not the case, we need a document (like a data sheet) that provides the antenna gain and that shows that the antenna is used by that equipment.
If the limit for an equipment is established for field strength, then we need a report (sometimes called Emissions Test Report or Radiated Emissions Test Report) that provides field strength measurements for all the frequency bands of operation. Field strength limits in the regulation are expressed in mV/m at a certain distance in meters, or in uV/m at a certain distance in meters. Very frequently we need to do conversions in this case too, because of the following situations: a) Measurements are expressed in another unit, like dBuV/m; b) Measurements were taken at a different distance from what the limit establishes.
So for example for a device that uses WiFi, a Test Report providing only field strength measurements is useless for the certification process, because what is needed is a Test Report providing power measurements (either radiated or conducted + antenna gain).
SUTEL will accept Test Reports for a module to certificate an equipment that contains that module. In that case, they need a letter from manufacturer of the equipment stating that the equipment uses the module for which the Test Reports are presented.
SEC Chile has finalized a new safety certification requirement for charging equipment used with cellular phones.
Under Resolution 16677, power adapters, USB adapters, and other charging equipment for cellular phones now requires mandatory SEC certification.
As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contactCSIA for up to date information.
CSIA can also provide supporting services should your company not be able to meet country specific requirements such as a local representative, local certificate holder, translating documents into the native language, etc. Contact CSIA at (503) 489 8006 or email@example.com for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.