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Vietnam Sets up New Regulations on License-Free Frequency Bands


The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (MIC Vietnam) amended the Circular 46/2016/TT-BTTTT “Regulations on License-Free Frequency Bands” and replaced it with the Circular 18/2018/TT-BTTTT. The document became effective from February 12, 2019.

A few changes are introduced in the Circular 18/2018/TT-BTTTT.

1. The following new terms are specified:

  • SRD — Short-Range Device

  • RFID — Radio Frequency Identification

  • Wireless Audio Device

  • Wireless Video Transmitter (Transceiver)

  • Automotive Radar, Radar Sensor or Road Transport and Traffic Telematics

2. It is specified that SRDs should meet the requirements on the listed operating frequency and technical conditions. The SRDs that don’t meet these requirements are not allowed for import and use in Vietnam.

3. Article 6 “Transitional provisions and application time” was amended with regards to the application of devices operating on 866-868 MHz frequency bands.

Taking into consideration that these frequency bands are not listed in the Circular any more, the use of such devices is possible after the effective date of this Circular. However, the use of such devices must be prohibited iа any harmful interference occurs.

4. Some changes in the Annexes with regards to technical characteristics and license exception were made.

The text of the Circular 18/2018/TT-BTTTT can be found here.

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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