The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has published on its website the Qatar Spectrum Outlook, a "one-of-its-kind" document in the region that provides stakeholders and interested parties with an overview of CRA’s overall approach in terms of the planned activities to manage the radio spectrum affairs in Qatar until 2022.
The 'Qatar Spectrum Outlook' includes CRA’s priorities related to some of its planned programmes and projects for the radio spectrum until 2022, including its plans to update the National Frequency Allocation Plan, review the radio spectrum usage fees, and the mechanism of the quality of service mobile networks audit. Also, it highlights some of CRA’s strategic projects that will be implemented before the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“It is a true pleasure to share the Qatar Spectrum Outlook with stakeholders and interested parties. This document was developed in line with CRA’s keenness to manage the radio spectrum effectively and transparently, as it will help us in enabling the stakeholders and interested parties to understand CRA’s plans and future programmes related to the radio spectrum management, especially that the 2022 FIFA World Cup is very close,” said CRA president Mohamed Ali al-Mannai.
The document outlines CRA’s plans to address issues related to access to radio spectrum and enabling new technologies, and to make resources available to support telecom services and applications that are expected to require new or additional radio spectrum in the coming years, especially during the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
CRA ensures to appropriately and practically meet the radio spectrum needs of a diverse range of actual and potential radio spectrum users. During the development of the document, CRA ensured to take into consideration a wide range of factors that influence the demand for and the supply of radio spectrum, including end-user demand, technology changes or advancements, the international harmonisation of the radio spectrum, and relevant national or international policies.
The authority adopted the Qatar Spectrum Outlook after taking into account the views and comments received earlier and related to CRA's public consultation conducted in this regard. The views and comments were submitted by stakeholders, as well as concerned and interested parties from the local and international Information and Communications Technology industry.