CRA Issues Third Version of the Class License to Accommodate New Short Range Technologies

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Follow an extensive public consultation in late 2017, the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has issued the third version of the Class License for Short Range Devices (SRDs). The new version enables stakeholders to introduce new technologies and devices in the market and be better prepared for the future demands.

“The new version of the Class License will accommodate larger range of applications and the latest developments in radio-communications applications and technologies which will benefit service providers, RTTE Equipment suppliers and manufacturers and consumers,” said H.E. Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, President of CRA.

“This comes in align with CRA’s goal to ensure the provision of advanced, innovative and reliable ICT services that is rapidly evolving and to ensure that there is enough spectrum to accommodate it in Qatar, by balancing the needs of existing spectrum users with the new technologies,” H.E. added.

The new version of the Class License includes the addition of new frequency bands for SRDs for wide range of M2M applications and a separate section for Wireless Access Systems including Radio Local Area Networks (WAS/RLANs) applications and Radio Microphone applications. It also includes  the corresponding authorized frequency ranges and the maximum allowed output power.

It’s worth mentioning that the Class License for SRDs enables anyone in Qatar to possess, install and operate for personal use the approved class of devices at prescribed frequencies stated in this License without having to apply for a license and there are no license or spectrum fees, but in the case of importing SRDs for commercial purposes in Qatar, it’s obligatory to obtain Import and Type approvals from CRA.

The third version of the Class License for SRDs can be accessed through this link.