21November 2020

CRA Publishes Spectrum Plan for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) published today on its website the Spectrum Plan for the FIFA World Cup - Qatar 2022™ to match with the opening day of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, which is going to be hosted by Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. Publishing the Spectrum Plan complies with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) requirements to publish the Spectrum Plan two years before the start of the event by the responsible authority in the host country.

The CRA started the development of the Plan from last year by meeting with representatives of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, FIFA, and a number of experts representing Broadcast Host. The meetings continued during this year to discuss CRA’s drafted plan, and it led to accepting the Plan details and various programs, which takes into account all the aspects related to hosting this international event from spectrum perspective, to achieve the desired success for the event before and during its hosting in Qatar.

During the development of the Plan, the CRA ensured to take into consideration the crucial importance of the spectrum as essential for all wireless applications, and considered all spectrum requirements for a wide range of applications, that will be used by various entities representing many sectors visiting Qatar besides other national sectors, one of it is the media sector, where different broadcasters, media and press will come from all over the world.

The Plan included everything that can enhance the use of the spectrum in an authorized manner by giving the guidance to stakeholders and all concerned parties on the procedures to be followed for obtaining spectrum in Qatar, testing and tagging procedures, and the procedures that will be implemented by CRA with respect to monitoring the spectrum before and during the event.

“We are pleased to translate one of the country's commitments to FIFA by publishing the related Spectrum Plan on time, two years before the start of the event, we hope to show everyone our preparations and work programs on the ground before and during the event, in which we ensure that all partners will be able to use the spectrum ideally, in a way not less than the ideal image of this international event hosted by Qatar,” said His Excellency (H.E.) Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, President of CRA.

Finally, H.E. thanked the representatives of Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Q22 Company, FIFA, and the international broadcast service sector for their valuable efforts over the past period, which helped in developing this Plan; wished the Plan to be crowned with success and to be supported by all the sectors in the country as well as all stakeholders who will be visiting Qatar in 2022 for the success of this historic FIFA World Cup that will be hosted by Qatar as first Arab country in the Middle-East.