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2009

24 Dec 09 - New TLN Amendment effective from 24 Dec 09
15 Nov 09 - New EMC Labelling Notice Amendment
03 Aug 09 - Interim compliance arrangements for IMT-2000 (3G) mobiles

 

2008

18 Dec 08 - New TLN Amendment effective from 13 Dec 08
31 Jul 08 - NZ MED Report on Ultra Wide Band (UWB) NZ spectrum allocations and licensing arrangements
17 Jul 08 - TLN Amdt 2 of 2008 originally due in July 2008 postponed until September 2008.
26 Jun 08 - EMC information to suppliers booklet being revised
26 Jun 08 - RLN Amdt introduced
07 Feb 08 - TLN Amdt 1 of 2008 introduced
Early 2008 - Amendments 2 & 3 to AS/NZS 60950.1 should be published by SAI in the first quarter of 2008.

 

2007

02 Apr 07 - The IEC published the IEV (International Electrotechnical Vocabulary) database on the web - FREE
01 Jan 2007 - AS/NZS 60950:2000 & A1:2003 no longer acceptable

 

2006

23 Nov 06 - New TLN Amendment (#3 of 2006)
22 Nov 06 - ISO/IEC Guide 65 to be Revised
03 Oct 06 - NZ MED Merge ESS with RSM
01 Sep 06 - New Australian Body to Develop Telecoms Standards
20 Aug 06 - Corrigendum for IEC 60950-1 Ed 2.0 released
26 Jul 06 - Changes to the LIPD Class Licence
28 Jun 06 - New TLN Amendment (#2 of 2006)
22 Jun 06 - Australian RoHS Type Requirements
12 Apr 06 - ACIF Publishes AS/ACIF S008:2006 & AS/ACIF S009:2006
05 Apr 06 - New TLN Amendment (#1 of 2006)
16 Mar 06 - LIPD Draft Variations Released for Public Comment

 

 

Compliance / Standard News Detail

2009

24 Dec 09 - New TLN Amendment effective from today
On the 24 December 2009 ACMA made the Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Amendment Notice 2009 (No. 1). This is the first amendment to the Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Notice 2001 (the Labelling Notice) in 2009.

The amendment took effect on 24 December 2009.

This amendment gives regulatory effect to 3 new CE standards, AS/ACIF S041 parts 1, 2 & 3.  These 3 parts replace the original AS/ACIF S041:2005.  The amendment also introduced and expiry date of 31 Dec 09 for the CDMA standard, AS/ACIF S042.2:1999 and includes some editorial changes to update Notes in relation to compliance levels of some standards, clarify application of certain standards in some categories, correct a definition and update ACMA contact details.

15 Nov 09 - New EMC Labelling Notice Amendment
The Radiocommunications Labelling (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Amendment Notice 2009 (No. 1), dated 12 Nov 09, took effect on 15 Nov 09.

This amendment gives regulatory effect to several changes including:

introduces an exemption for all devices with a power consumption of less than 1 mW
changes to the definition of 'low risk', 'medium risk' and 'high risk' devices - voluntary labelling now applies to 'low risk' devices and no record keeping is required if device not labelled;
re-introduce acceptance of overseas manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity for 'low risk' devices;
remove the exemption for radio transmitters unless the relevant EMC product standard specifically exempts radio transmitters

03 Aug 09 - Interim compliance arrangements for IMT-2000 (3G) mobiles
A new compliance standard is being developed by industry (Communications Alliance) that will apply to IMT-2000 (3G) mobile type devices supplied in Australia.

The ACMA published interim arrangement for the compliance of IMT-2000 (3G) mobiles until that standard is mandated due to the difficulties of complying with Division 4.5 of the Telecommunications Labelling Notice (TLN).

See http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_311837 

 

2008

18 Dec 08 - New TLN Amendment effective from 13 Dec 08
On the 4 December 2008 ACMA made the Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Amendment Notice 2008 (No. 2). This is the second amendment to the Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Notice 2001 (the Labelling Notice) in 2008.

The amendment took effect on 13 December 2008.

This amendment gives effect to a number of amended CE standards to allow for the deployment of VDSL2 services plus it incorporates revisions to existing safety, voice performance and circuit switched CE standards. It also introduces a generic category for Satellite services, and clarifies notes on compliance levels and application of standards.

31 Jul 08 - NZ MED Report on Ultra Wide Band (UWB) NZ spectrum allocations and licensing arrangements.
The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) has released a report on spectrum allocations for ultra wide band (UWB) communication devices, following a public consultation process. The report summarises the submissions received from industry and other stakeholders, and outlines licensing arrangements to accommodate UWB communication applications.

MED will issue a General User Licence (GUL) for UWB communication devices in New Zealand on a “non-interference, non-protected” basis, derived from the European post-2010 framework, starting in September 2008.

The report is available on NZ MED's website.

17 Jul 08 - TLN Amendment 1 of 2008 originally due in July 2008 postponed until some time September 2008.  
This Amendment will give regulatory effect to the following:

Amendments 1, 2 & 3 to the standard for safety of Customer Equipment - AS/NZS 60950.1 Information technology equipment – Safety Part 1: General requirements
A revised technical standard for Satellite Customer Equipment - AS/ACIF S042.1 Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 1: General

A revised technical standard for CE codecs other than G.711 - AS/ACIF S004 Voice frequency performance requirements for Customer Equipment

Revised technical standards for VDSL2 services - 
AS//ACIF S003 Customer Access Equipment for connection to a Telecommunications Network
AS/ACIF S006 Requirements for Customer Equipment, operating in the voiceband, for connection to the non-switched Telecommunications Network
AS/ACIF S043.2 Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network Part 2: Broadband
AS/ACIF S043.3 Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network Part 3: DC, low frequency AC and voiceband

26 Jun 08 - EMC information to suppliers booklet being revised
The EMC booklet is being revised and updated to incorporate the latest changes to the EMC Standard and the EMC Labelling Notice.  The updated version to be published late 2008.

26 Jun 08 - RLN Amdt introduced
Today the ACMA introduced an amendment to the Radiocommunications Labelling Notice (RLN) which gave effect to the following:

A revised radiocommunications standard for High Frequency Citizen Band (HF CB) equipment to reference the latest Standards Australia standards for HF CB.
A revised radiocommunications standard for In-shore Boating Radio Service (IBRS) equipment to reference the latest Standards Australia standards for IBRS.

07 Feb 08 - TLN Amdt 1 of 2008 introduced
The Amendment:

reinstates acceptance of AS/NZS 60950:2000 until 31 Dec 08 (i.e. it changes the  cut-off date from 31 Dec 06 to 31 Dec 08).  This extension in cut-off date was required due to the delay in the publishing of Amendment #3 to AS/NZS 60950.1:2003 which provides some relaxation of AS/NZS 60950.1:2003 requirements as they apply to a set-top box (STB) device; and
corrects an error in the existing TLN Category "A25 - MobileSat Terminals".  This Category erroneously required compliance with ACA TS028, in addition to ACA TS022 and AS/NZS 60950.1:2003.

Early 2008 - Amendments 2 & 3 to AS/NZS 60950.1 should be published by SAI in the first quarter of 2008.

 

2007

02 Apr 07 - The IEC published the IEV (International Electrotechnical Vocabulary) database on the web - FREE
Today the IEC published the IEV database of electrotechnical terms on a independent website that can be freely accessed by anyone.  

The database is known as "Electropedia" and can be found at www.electropedia.org.

The IEC describe this online database as "a free online compendium of electrotechnical terms".   It can be used to find an internationally-agreed electrical, electronic or related technology term, together with its definition in English and French or search for an equivalent term in Spanish or German (when and where these exist).  Terms in other languages (Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish) will be added at a later date. 

01 Jan 2007 - AS/NZS 60950:2000 & A1:2003 no longer acceptable
After 31 Dec 2006 AS/NZS 60950:2000 and AS/NZS 60950:2000/Amendment 1:2003 are no longer accepted in relation to safety compliance with the Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Notice 2001 and relevant amendments for telecommunications equipment.

Telecommunications equipment required to comply with safety requirements must comply with AS/NZS 60950.1:2003 after this date.

 

2006

23 Nov 06 - New TLN Amendment (#3 of 2006)
Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Amendment Notice 2006 (No. 3) was published on 16 Nov 06 and became effective today - 23 Nov 06.  This is the 3rd amendment published during 2006 to the Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Notice 2001 (otherwise known as the Telecommunications Labelling Notice or TLN).

This amendment introduces revisions to three AS/ACIF standards  that were revised to better address broadband, VoIP and equipment classes for DSL modems that enable broadband services with extended upstream bandwidth, based on Annex M to ITU-T Recommendations G.992.3 (8) and G.992.5 (9).  The three standards are:

AS/ACIF S003:2006;
AS/ACIF S004:2006; and
AS/ACIF S043.2:2006

22 Nov 06 - ISO/IEC Guide 65 to be Revised
CASCO are presently calling for nominations to a new CASCO Working Group that will develop a standard (ISO/IEC 17065) that will revise and replace ISO/IEC Guide 65 - General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems.

03 Oct 06 - NZ MED Merge ESS with RSM
New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development (MED) Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) and Energy Safety Services (ESS) departments join forces.  RMS and ESS will now both report to the same Group Manager,  the existing RSM Group Manager.

01 Sep 06 - New Australian Body to Develop Telecoms Standards
ACIF (Australian Communications Industry Forum) was formed in 1997 to coincide with the commencement of the ACA (Australian Communications Authority), formerly Austel, on 01 Jul 1997.  ACIF's charter was essentially to produce standards, codes and other documents for use under the Australian telecommunications regulatory arrangements after 01 Jul 1997.

Recently however, ACIF and SPAN (Service Providers Association Inc) merged to form a new organisation and effective 01 Sep 2006, that new organisation will be operating as Communications Alliance Ltd.

Communications Alliance Ltd will therefore now be responsible for all existing ACIF standards plus the development of future standards under the Australian telecommunications regulatory arrangements.

Hopefully however, this change will not greatly impact things from a telecommunications regulatory standards point of view.

For further details concerning this new organisation see:
http://www.commsalliance.com.au/about_us/overview 

20 Aug 06 - Corrigendum for IEC 60950-1 Ed 2.0 released
IEC 60950-1 (Second edition - 2005) Corrigendum No 1 was released a few days ago.  this Corrigendum corrects some editorial errors in the standard.

26 Jul 06 - Changes to the LIPD Class Licence
Variation No 1 of 2006 to the LIPD (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence was gazetted yesterday and became effective today (26 Jul 06).  This Variation introduces the following changes:

authorises ultra-wideband short-range vehicle radar in the 22 - 26.5 GHz;
increases the maximum EIRP to 100 mW for wireless microphones in the 520 - 820 MHz band;
authorises RLANs in the 5470-5600 and 5650-5725 MHz bands; and
reduces the minimum number of channels for wideband frequency hopping spread spectrum devices in the 915-928 MHz band

28 Jun 06 - New TLN Amendment (#2 of 2006)
Amendment No 2 of 2006 to the Telecommunications Labelling Notice (TLN) was gazetted on yesterday and became effective as of today (27 Jun 06).  This Amendment makes a number of editorial corrections plus introduces:

AS/ACIF S042.1:2006;
AS/ACIF S042.3:2005; and
AS/ACIF S008:2006

This Amendment also allows compliance with the combination of AS/ACIF S042.1:2006 & AS/ACIF S042.3:2005 or ACA TS018 for Category A24 (GSM Mobile Equipment) in the TLN and phases out ACA TS018 on 01 Jul 2008 (i.e. compliance with ACA TS018 for newly introduced equipment will not be allowed after 01 Jul 08).

Unfortunately, the radiocommunications licensing requirements were not changed at the same time.   the licensing requirements still require compliance with ACA TS018 and do not allow compliance with AS/ACIF S042.1 and AS/ACIF S042.3.  This presents a problem but can be overcome with a bit of work.

22 Jun 06 - Australian RoHS Type Requirements
The Australian Government, Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), are presently in the early stages of developing an Australian RoHS policy. They are looking at the European RoHS requirements and have surveyed various parties on their views. 

All indications at this time are that Australia may well introduce some RoHS requirements and that they would be in the context of electrical and electronic products and components. Furthermore, an Australian policy would most likely align any RoHS requirements with those of Europe. 

The timing for any requirements that were introduced would most likely be:

requirements introduced in 2007/2008; and
phase in of requirements in the order of 2 to 4 years.

Interested parties should register at the following URL www.ausrohs.org

12 Apr 06 - ACIF Publishes AS/ACIF S008:2006 & AS/ACIF S009:2006
AS/ACIF S008:2006 Requirements for customer cabling products and AS/ACIF S009:2006 Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring Rules) were published today. The submission with the recommendation for ACMA to make AS/ACIF S008:2006 and call up AS/ACIF S009:2006 under the Cabling Provider Rules is be sent to ACMA tomorrow (13 Apr 06).

These publications are also available on the ACIF website at: http://www.acif.org.au/documents_and_lists/standards  

The ACIF website also has companion guidelines for each Standard which provide the differences between the 2001 and 2006 editions of each Standard.

In consideration of the size of AS/ACIF S009:2006, ACIF has also released a new ‘A5 version’ of AS/ACIF S009:2006 which when printed, displays two pages on each sheet of paper to half the number of printed pages.

05 Apr 06 - New TLN Amendment (#1 of 2006)
Amendment No 1 of 2006 to the Telecommunications Labelling Notice (TLN) was gazetted on yesterday and became effective as of today (5 Apr 06).  This Amendment makes a number of editorial corrections plus introduces:

AS/ACIF S041:2005;
AS/ACIF S002:2005;
AS/NZS 60950:2000/Amdt 1:2003;
AS/NZS 60950.1:2003; and
Additional supplementary compliance documentation items for Schedule 7 of the TLN

AS/NZS 60950:2000/Amdt 1:2003 and AS/NZS 60950.1:2003 are now acceptable alternatives to compliance with AS/NZS 60950:2000 up until 31 Dec 2006.   AS/NZS 60950:2000 and AS/NZS 60960:2000/Amdt 1:2003 will both be withdrawn on 31 Dec 2006 (i.e. compliance with these standards will not be acceptable after 31 Dec 2006).

16 Mar 06 - LIPD Draft Variations Released for Public Comment
The draft variation to the LIPD proposes new requirements or changes to existing requirements for the follow:

ultra wideband short-range vehicle radar systems;
wireless microphones;
radio local are networks (RLAN) in the 5 GHz band; and
900 MHz frequency hoppers

Comments close on 19 Apr 06.

 

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