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Is country specific certification required or is CE/FCC approval sufficient?
What is the lead time to obtain type approval?
Are there any marking or logo requirements?
Is in country testing required or can we leverage existing FCC or CE test reports?
What are the types of equipment that would require approval in this country?
Do I need an in country local representative or local certificate holder?
Paraguay Regulator, Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL), recently announced the release of Resolución 1269/2020, which updates the National Frequency Allocation Plan with regards to radio frequency identification equipment (RFID), short-range radio communication devices (SRD) and low-power area network (LPWAN) devices.
Resolución 1269/2020 permits the use of the 918 – 928 MHz frequency range for such devices, while establishing the operating conditions and procedures for the authorization of such equipment in Paraguay.
It should be noted that the technical parameters of such devices using this frequency band must be configured according to the limitations established in the Regulation.
If manufacturers wish to use this frequency band, a label on the device or a statement in the User Manual will be required, to state the following:
“En Paraguay, este equipo deberá ser configurado para operar con las limitaciones establecidas en la norma Técnica NTC-RF-918:2020 de la CONATEL”.
New rules for importing of Mobile Phones and Mobile Phone equipment went into effect September 21, 2019.
Companies importing mobile phones and components of mobile phone equipment have to comply with the provisions of Resolution №410 from September 21, 2019.
They must obtain the mandatory homologation certification granted by the National Telecommunications Commission (CONETEL) of Paraguay, and register International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) provided to the importer by the manufacturer.
Paraguay CONATEL confirmed a minimum set of requirements for Type Approval of devices supporting 4G/LTE functionality. Below is a summary:
CONATEL has confirmed that any device supporting 4G/LTE operation in the 700 MHz band must support LTE band 28.
If a product supports 4G/LTE operation in the 700 MHz band but does not support LTE band 28, CONATEL has confirmed that they will be unable to homologate the device, unless the 4G/LTE fuction is disabled for Paraguay.Currently, there are no Paraguayan cellular network providers that offer services in 700 MHz; a spectrum auction is underway for 700 MHz and it is unknown which providers will end up offering the service. CONATEL also stated there is no official Regulation in place which outlines these requirements, and have not indicated when an official notification will be published. Nevertheless, they have confirmed that the minimum 4G/LTE requirements are effective immediately and apply to both new Type Approval applications and renewals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.