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2021/07/20

Saudi Arabia CITC has updated the technical specifications of communications and information technology devices

CITC has updated the technical specifications of communications and information technology devices as the technical basis for their approval to accommodate the latest technological developments, such as AML and CBS. The updated technical specifications include GEN001, GEN002, GEN003 and specifications for other specific products.

Saudi Arabia CITC has updated the technical specifications of communications and information technology devices

The Saudi Arabia Regulator CITC has updated the technical specifications of communications and information technology devices to accommodate the latest technological developments. These specifications cover all communication and information technology devices that are manufactured or supplied to the Kingdom as the technical basis for their approval, and are also binding on all parties that manufacture, supply, or sell these devices in the Kingdom.

Regarding Electrical Safety standard, IEC 60065 & IEC 60950-1 are no longer accepted in Saudi Arabia. EN 62368-1 or IEC 62368-1 must be complied with. For approved devices, they will remain approved.

New requirements for specific IOT equipment and radio modules are released entered into force on July 20, 2021. The main points are as follows:

  • Samples of mobile phones, tablets, mobile computers and cellular IoT devices might be required for testing purposes upon request
  • In addition to LTE (4G) technology must supported as minimum requirement for cellular devices, CITC strongly encourages supporting the following technologies: 5G NR, eSIM, WiFi 6 & 6e (5.925 – 7.125 GHz). As for devices with 5G NR technology, frequency bands n41 and n78 must be supported, and n1, n3, n8, n28, n40, n71 and n77 frequency support requirement shall enter into force on July 1, 2022
  • All CPEs and Mobile Routers are required to support LTE (4G) technologies as a minimum requirement. WiFi 6 technology requirement shall enter into force on July 1, 2022. Moreover, CITC also strongly encourages the support of the following technologies: 5G NR and WiFi 6e (5.925-7.125 GHz)
  • All handsets must support the Cell Broadcast Service (CBS) service as per CITC’s technical requirements on mobile devices to enable CBS alert. And after October 1, 2021, all handsets must support the Advanced Mobile Location (AML) emergency communication service and testing should be carried out to ensure compliance with ETSI TR 103 393
  • Host device needs to be approved independently. In case the host device is approved, no need to apply for modular approval unless the applicant is planning to sell the module independently in the market or use the radio module in non-radio equipment
  • E-Label must be accessible by users of the devices including mobile phones, tablets and mobile computers, and devices that are provided with display or that can be connected to a display. After having the approval from CITC, the E-Label with issued type approval number (TA xxxx-y) must be embedded in the software as a proof of compliance. The E-Label must follow the following new design:
    CITC E label

For technical specification of specific product category, please refer to CITC website or contact us.


 

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