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21February 2021

CRA Publishes a Public Consultation on the Inclusion of Additional Rules and Standards to Keep Pace with the Development of New Technologies for Short Range Devices

Stakeholders and Interested Parties are Invited to Send their Views and Comments on the Proposed Updates

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) published on its website a public consultation document related to the updated Class License for Short Range Devices (SRDs), at the aim of receiving the views and comments of stakeholders and interested parties on the proposed updates.

The proposed updates to the Class License are designed to keep pace with rapid technological advancements in radio-communications equipment and applications. The updates are especially related to ‘Annexure (2)’, where CRA proposes the addition of new applications and frequency bands for SRDs. Also, the proposed updates introduce updates to the rules, international standards and technical specifications for the SRDs intended to be imported to Qatar as well as the corresponding authorized maximum allowed output power.

CRA ensures that advanced, innovative and reliable information and communications technology services are provided across Qatar. Hence, it is critical that there is enough radio spectrum to keep pace with the rapidly evolving technological environment. The introduction of additional frequency ranges for SRDs is in response to numerous recent advancements in radio-communications equipment and applications. The additional frequencies will allow using and selling a greater variety of SRDs in the country, which in turn will benefit consumers and other stakeholders. The public consultation is a crucial part of this process because it allows CRA to understand and consider the needs of all stakeholders and interested parties in an organized and transparent manner.

Stakeholders and interested parties can email their views and comments about the Class License to, before Thursday, March 11, 2021. The proposed updates to the current Class License for SRDs are available via this link.

The current Class License for SRDs and the related Annexure are available via this link.