Are you evaluating compliance with EMC and Safety standards as part of the Type Approval procedure or are these aspects evaluated by another regulatory body?
Each type of RTTE and NIE should comply with the EMC and the Safety standards specified in the TRA Technical Specification. The equipments should be tested according to these specifications by one of the national or international labs accepted by the TRA. The list of accredited labs is mentioned in the TA Regulation.
Is there any local testing of the devices necessary? If local testing is not necessary, does the customer need to provide a test report? If test report necessary, which test report is accepted? (CE report or FCC, etc..)
There’s no local telecom equipment testing lab currently in Lebanon. For that reason the TRA will accept test reports granted by international accredited testing labs that are members of the ILAC. Such test report should be submitted for each type of imported RTTE or NIE equipment.
How many test samples are needed?
Only one test sample representative of the RTTE shall be made available, upon request, for the TRA for inspection, such sample will be returned to the holder at the end of the inspection.
In theTRATS013 Requirements for Non-Specific Short Range Devices: “the following table lists the frequency ranges available for the non specific SRD applications using the UWB technology: 3155 - 3400 kHz - Inductive application - 13.5 dBµA/m at 10m In case of external antennas only loop coil antennas could be employed." Can a keyless entry system (opening and be used at 315MHz?
All the frequency bands allowed for the non-specific short range devices using UWB technology are listed in the table of the available frequency ranges of the document TRATS013. Any other frequency band is not allowed for such devices, under the new regime, particularly for the above mentioned keyless entry system. Among other bands, such devices are allowed in the band 3.155 - 3.4 MHz but not at 315MHz.
Do RFID products using UHF (860-960MHz) and HF (13.56MHz) frequency ranges need to be type approved? What are the allowed RFID frequencies in Lebanon?
The RFID products are considered as inductive applications that fall under the class 2 RTTE. Therefore, the RFID products operating within the (13.553 – 13.567 MHz) frequency band can be imported and used in Lebanon however those using the band 860-960MHz are not allowed. The specifications and the allowed frequency bands for this type of RTTE can be found in the documents “TRATS010” and “TRATS013” of the RTTE specifications Zip file that can be downloaded from the TRA website.
Are the following bands permitted in Lebanon?
- 2.402 -2.472GHz,
- 2.457 -2.482GHz,
- 2.474 -2.494GHz,
- 4.91 -5.09GHz,
- 5.16 -5.24GHz,
- 5.15 -5.25GHz,
- 5.25 -5.35GHz,
- 13.56MHz (RFID – very low power)
These frequency bands are allowed in Lebanon; however each of them is used for a specific type of application. The Technical Specification documents describe the specifications with which each type of equipment should comply including the frequency bands and the maximum power density allowed for each equipment type.
What is the frequency availability and certification procedure for low power short-range devices (inductive applications) in Lebanon and more specifically hearing instruments with integrated wireless functionality at 10.6 MHz?
The hearing instruments with integrated wireless functionality at 10.6 MHz are treated as Radio hearing aids classified as Class 0 RTTE. For this type of equipment, the importer should prepare TCF and DoC and store them at an address in Lebanon for inspection purposes. The Type Approval process for class 0 RTTE as well as for other classes are described in Type Approval Regulation
The frequency bands you’ve mentioned above are reserved for Non-Specific SRD and therefore the 10.6 MHz band shouldn’t be included as it is not allocated for Non-Specific SRD.