The Ministry is updating regulations for the import and use of wireless equipment – the proposed changes will make it easier for official and parallel importers and will increase competition. The Director General: “The new technologies that are permitted will bring us closer to the forefront of progress in IoT and smart uses in medicine, industry and at home, and will change our lifestyles. We will continue to work to facilitate importers to encourage competition and reduce the cost of living.”
The Ministry of Communications is publishing drafts at present of two regulations regarding the import and use of wireless equipment, which will be presented for public reference on the Government legislation website: The Wireless Telegraph Regulations (Exemption from Licensing) and the Wireless Telegraph Regulations (Modification Certificates). The proposed changes will allow the import and operation of advanced technologies from the worlds of IoT and others, as well as will mitigate the regulation of importers of wireless products, which will increase competition in the communications market and is expected to facilitate a reduction in prices for consumers.
Modifications Authorization Regulations As part of the proposed change, the number of wireless frequency bands permitted for use in Israel will be increased to about 100 bands permitted for unfettered use. Meanwhile, for the first time, the use of advanced technologies using LoRaWAN technology, upon which many uses of the IoT - Internet of Things, are based, such as developments for smart cities, developments for the world of agriculture and other smart applications in the public environment.
The new frequency bands that will be permitted, are also used for advanced detectors and sensors in Industry, 5Ghz wireless Internet frequencies that have been prohibited for non-domestic use until now, smart radar systems (direction and distance detection) installed in vehicles and on roads, advanced medical technologies, etc.
Furthermore, as part of the proposed change, parallel importers of communication equipment will be able to obtain a permit to import wireless equipment, based on an existing permit, without being required to present original documents from the manufacturer, which they are unable to obtain in most cases. This change is in line with the parallel import market, which is expected to significantly facilitate the parallel import process of communication equipment, and encourage competition in this field.
Exemption from Licensing Regulations The change in these regulations will introduce an exemption from licensing for commercial imports and many products that were hitherto only exempt for personal imports. This is a significant mitigation for importers who, to date, have been required to obtain approval from the Ministry of Communications for the import of products such as television sets, streamers, tablets, computers, computer accessories, etc.