ACMA unaware of Jelly Bean issue raised by Vodafone

Vodafone said Android update doesn't meet Australian regulatory requirements.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said it didn't know about any regulatory issue keeping Vodafone from updating the Samsung Nexus S to the latest version of Android.

Vodafone reported the problem in a blog post.

“We’ve just been advised that due to a software issue, the roll-out the of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to Vodafone Australia customers has been delayed,” Vodafone said. “It’s been advised the software currently does not meet all the Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls. At this stage, we don’t have any further information on when the roll-out will resume.”

However, an ACMA spokeswoman said the agency didn’t know there was an issue.

“The ACMA is not aware of the basis upon which Vodafone has determined that the Android 4.1 Nexus S software does not the regulatory requirements,” she said. “We suggest you contact Vodafone for more information on the basis for the handset’s non-compliance.”

“The ACMA does not test individual handsets, nor require the submission of compliance documentation prior to the supply of handsets to the market,” she said. “Suppliers of handsets are required to hold the appropriate compliance documentation, including test reports. Carriers may also, as part of commercial arrangements with handset suppliers (ie. where a handset is supplied as part of a carrier’s product offering) require a handset to meet particular requirements.”

All mobile handsets are required to comply with AS/CA S042.1, requiring that the device “be capable of initiating a call to 000 when a SIM is not present in the phone, or that the phone is out of range of the home network; and when the handset is only capable of making 000 calls, indicate to the user that only emergency calls are possible,” the ACMA spokeswoman said. It doesn’t prescribe how the indication is displayed.

Vodafone didn’t respond to a request for comment. It was unclear at our deadline if other carriers were experiencing a similar problem.

Jelly Bean is the latest version of Android and is already winning love from developers.

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