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Thursday, June 4, 2015

4 Quick Tips on the Transition to Canada's new RSS-247 Radio Standard


Industry Canada published a new radio standard, RSS-247 (May 2015). For devices under the scope of this new standard, RSS-210 is no longer applicable for certification.

What devices fall within the scope of RSS-247? If you’re familiar with the FCC rules, then RSS-247 is comparable in scope to FCC Part 15.247. In general, devices operating at 902-928 MHz, 2400-2483.5 MHz or 5725-5850 MHz utilizing frequency hopping, digital modulation and/or a hybrid of both techniques. The new standard also covers licences exempt local area network devices operating in the U-NII bands, specifically, 5150-5250 MHz, 5250-5350 MHz, 5470-5725 MHz and 5725-5850 MHz.

Some things to know about the transition.

  1. If you have received certification to RSS-210 before publication of RSS-247, nothing changes and the device would be covered by RSS-210
  2. If your test report was issued to RSS-210 and you are submitting for certification before August 28th 2015, your certification body will certify to RSS-247. Canada has a three month transition window
  3. After August 28, 2015, your test report must be to RSS-247
  4. Canada will accept test reports up to one year old, so after the August deadline if submitting test results covered by RSS-210, it will need to be supplemented with a partial test report to cover any missing requirements in RSS-247

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