The National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) of Brazil published three new acts defining 5G NR testing requirements, allowing all 5G NR devices to be commercialized in Brazil.
The new acts are all follows:
- Act 3151 – Updates the technical requirements for the conformity assessment for the Access Terminal Station
- Act 3152 – Updates the technical requirements for the conformity assessment for Mobile Cellular Phones
- Act 3153 – Updates the technical requirements for the conformity assessment for Radio Base Station
The key change of these acts is the inclusion of the 5G NR testing requirements, allowing all devices with this new technology to be approved and commercialized in Brazil.
ANATEL allowed the bands B1/2/3/5/7/8/28/38/39/B40 for 3G/4G technologies. The 3,5 GHz range (Bands 48/77/78) are under public consultation until July 31. After the consultation is closed, ANATEL will study all suggestions and possible impacts to the actual network to publish their final document on whether or not to release those bands.
Vista Labs consulted all laboratories in Brazil this week and none of them are ready to do 5G NR testing. Until one of them is able to test 5G, it is possible to accept 5G NR testing reports issued by a foreigner lab.
- For example, a tablet with 2G/3G/4G/5G + WIFI needs all testing to be done in Brazil, except for 5G, which will use the report done abroad. It is still required to test 2G/3G/4G/WIFI in Brazil, even if the device has 5G.
In order to accept reports done abroad, the testing must be performed by a laboratory accredited by an ILAC member and the testing must be done within 2 years.