Systems to manage radio spectrum launched
January 17 2017 09:18 PM
HE Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti pressing a button to formally dedicate the upgraded National Monitor
HE Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti pressing a button to formally dedicate the upgraded National Monitoring Centre at Al Nasser Tower as others look on: PICTURE: Jayan Orma

HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Bin Saif al-Sulaiti launched two milestone systems initiated by the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) to ensure effective and seamless management and monitoring of the radio spectrum usage in Qatar.

The Minister launched the Automated Spectrum Monitoring System (ASMS) and the Automated Frequency Management System (AFMS) by inaugurating CRA’s National Monitoring Centre.
He said the two systems constituted among other things the main infrastructure Qatar has invested to improve the overall performance of the institutions and government entities and also to enhance economic and community benefits by using advanced and innovative technologies.
Al-Sulaiti pointed out that the usage of the advanced technologies on a large scale in government works is now an integral part of their effective management.
"The newly developed advanced monitoring and management systems are part of our future preparations to host major international events," said the minister.
CRA president Mohamed Ali al-Mannai said, "Both ASMS and AFMS empower the CRA to oversee its mandate to manage and monitor the legitimate use of radio spectrum in the country, especially for key sectors like oil and gas, aviation, maritime, infrastructure development, among others".
He said the two systems - ASMS and AFMS - are effectively coordinated through the NMC by integrating interference requests and regular monitoring process with the actual usage of radio spectrum.
The NMC, which accesses, monitors and controls servers in four permanent monitoring stations is the key to the ASMS. The permanent stations are functioning at Al Rayyan, Al Shamal, Al Kharara and Zikrit. There are two mobile stations as well.
CRA's experts conduct the monitoring to identify and eliminate sources of interference that degrade public or private telecommunication networks to achieve quality of radio services.
The CRA intends to enhance the existing application process through the AFMS and align its services with the Qatar Digital Government Initiative. The process is now effectively digitalised to provide tangible benefits for all spectrum users through the system's portal,
The process was launched last year and since the beginning of 2017, it has become the main interface for all applicants.

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