The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) participated in and submitted 12 contributions during the second session of the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-2019)m, held last month at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The high-level Qatari delegation led by CRA president Mohamed Ali al-Mannai gave the contributions as part of the CPM documents. During the various working groups meetings, the delegation participated in the discussion of CRA’s contributions towards the final report format that will be discussed during the WRC-2019 slated from October 28 to November 22.
The preparatory meeting aims to conduct a series of comprehensive discussions and prepare a consolidated report based on contributions from administrations, Radiocommunication Study Groups, and other sources, to be used in support of the work of WRC-2019.
WRC is held every four years to revise the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits, as well as to address any issue concerning radiocommunication at global level.
The state of Qatar is among the ITU member states that have signed this treaty, which obliges the signatory states to comply with the treaty provisions in accordance with the special radio regulations.
“The CRA ensures that all radio spectrum-related matters are effectively managed and allocated, therefore ensures to attend and participate in international meetings and conferences like the CPM.
“Regulatory development creates opportunities for a multi-trillion dollar industry, which in turn enhances the development of communities globally. Global or regional spectrum harmonisation for fixed, mobile, satellites, and broadcasting industries, is essential to create economies of scale of roaming and interoperability,” al-Mannai said.
The CRA has published the National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) in 2016. It is aligned with the outcomes of the WRC-2015 and took into consideration the projects’ plans in the sectors that are critical to Qatar’s economy.
After concluding the WRC-2019 in November 2019, CRA will start updating the NFAP by considering the new outcomes. The NFAP is a comprehensive frequency allocation document that provides a transparent, clear and non-discriminatory approach to the management of radio spectrum. It is also a guide for individuals, government, and private entities on how the frequency bands are allocated in Qatar.