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Is country specific certification required or is CE/FCC approval sufficient?
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Type approval in Egypt synapse
January 2017 the Egypt regulatory agency (NTRA) announced that it revised its regulations to allow WLAN devices operating in Band 4 and Band 4+ of the 5 GHz range may now operate indoors.
The permitted power levels are up to 200 mW EIRP on a license free basis.
The updated 5 GHz bands that are now permitted in Egypt are:
5150 – 5350 MHz - <200mW (EIRP) for indoor operation, license free.
5725 – 5850 MHz - <200mW (EIRP) for outdoor operation, license required.
For the latest on these regulatory changes on the 5 GHz bands or other information on Egypt type
approvals by NTRA contact CSIA.
Product with GPS cannot obtain a type approval unless the GPS is routed through ETIT.
They are exclusively the only entity in Egypt that is authorized to officially offer GPS services in Egypt.
All GPS data transmission must be thru ETIT servers.
This will be thru hosting the clients GPS application on their servers (integrated with their application).The clients product with GPS will transmit data to ETIT servers and from the ETIT servers to the clients final destination. Example is a telematics product with GPS. The GPS feed would need to go from the telematics product to ETIT servers which in turn would transmit the data to the clients service center.
To set up this service ETIT would perform the following:
1- Test the GPS functionality.
2- Test the technical data transmission
For the above two points they need (the communication protocols, APN, APK, …) & roaming agreement with Egypt local GSM provider
At this point they will proceed with the “Type approval” & “Licensing” for the device
3- They will then require if there is specific data to be transmitted or all data & priority for make it available.
In the terms of clients products shipping as a factory installed, they advised that they need to start with retrofit kits not with factory install. Order of the kit can be thru ETIT and they will then to clear them from the customs or they can make the orders & then the client in Egypt buy from them.
They advised that factory installed products with GPS will need an additional certificate from ETIT to allow it be cleared with the machines at the point of entry. In terms of expenses it will include (Integration, Monthly fees, installation supervision for the clients products with GPS)
Note that products in a "system" that tracks location and sends the data out of the country are also not allowed. An example would be some kind of engine sensor with Bluetooth that sends that information to a telematics device on the vehicle that then sends all data (including GPS data ) out of the country.
Update April 2018:
EGYPT: WLAN BAND CHANGES AND REMOVAL AND BANDWITH
The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in Egypt has confirmed that the bandwidth restriction has been removed for indoor Wireless LAN frequencies. Consequently, WLAN 802.11ac devices can now be approved and used in Egypt. No further action is needed for already approved products. However, it is highly recommended to inform product manufacturers and end users of the latest WLAN regulation.
The frequency band change from previous regulations)• The frequency band 5.725 - 5.850, 5.470 – 5.725 GHz is not allowed (no GHz is for outdoor use only and no longer allowed for indoor operation (previous regulations had authorized this band for indoor unlicensed use) Use of this band is now licensed and end user requires approval/license from the NTRA
• It is recommended that manufacturers update device firmware to disable this band (5.850 – 5.725 GHz) for unlicensed users. Firmware update can also allow the use of higher bandwidth and 11ac modes.
Contact CSIA for the details of the latest NTRA regulations for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contactCSIA for up to date information.
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