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Canada Updates Radio Standards for Sub-GHz Wireless Equipment

On February 2019 under the authority of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, updates of the following Radio Standard Specifications (RSS) were issued:

  • RSS-130 (Issue 2): Equipment Operating in the Frequency Bands 617-652 MHz, 663-698 MHz, 698-756 MHz, and 777-787 MHz. It replaces RSS-130 (Issue 1) dated by October 2013

  • RSS-196 (Issue 2): Point-to-Multipoint Broadband Equipment Operating in the Band 512-608 MHz for Rural Remote Broadband Systems (RRBS) (TV Channels 21 to 36). It replaces RSS-196 (issue 1) dated by March 2010

Radio Standards Specification-130 (Issue 2)

This document came into force upon publication on the website of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). However, certification under RSS-130, Issue 1 or Issue 2, will be accepted within the transition period of six months. After this period, only applications for certification of equipment under RSS-130 (issue 2) will be accepted.

The following changes were made:

  • add the frequency bands 617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz and the related requirements to the standard

  • change equipment's equivalent isotopically radiated power (e.i.r.p.) to effective radiated power (e.r.p.)

  • clarify that the equipment's unwanted emission limit shall be met at the highest and lowest frequency of the frequency block range that contains the equipment operating frequencies

  • clarify that equipment's measurement shall be performed only with the carrier frequency set at the lowest frequency and the highest frequency in each frequency bands

  • add guidance on determining the occupied bandwidth when measuring frequency stability limits for equipment able to transmit numerous channels simultaneously;

  • remove measurement section on multiple antennas since the measurement method is defined in ANSI C63.26

Radio Standards Specification 196 (Issue 2)

This document was published on the ISED website and became effective immediately.

The following changes were introduced:

  • remove the band 614-698 MHz as per the policy decision in the document SLPB-004-15, (Decision on Repurposing the 600 MHz Band). No application for certification of equipment operating in the band 614-698 MHz is accepted as per the ISED's decision

  • remove the section on receiver spurious emission as it is covered in RSS-Gen, General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus

  • refer to RSS-Gen instead of RSS-210, Licence-Exempt Radio Apparatus: Category I Equipment, for the general field strength limit

The official document (RSS-130 of 2019) is available here.

The official document (RSS-196 of 2019) can be found here.

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

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