This note summarises recent announcements from telecommunications regulators and other telecommunications news outlets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Where appropriate, content from the relevant announcements has been incorporated into the text below.

KSA

Telcos face penalties for spamming

Telecommunication companies in KSA may face fines of up to SR 25 million if they are found responsible for bulk messaging of promotional material without entering into an agreement with the authorities concerned for such activities. The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has clarified that severe penalties would be imposed on companies that do not adhere to prevailing laws which stipulate that promotional bulk text messages cannot be sent without entering such agreements.

See

http://www.ameinfo.com/saudi-regulator-telcos-engaged-spamming-sr25m-347129

Qatar

ictQATAR opens a public consultation about Qatar's National IPv6 Implementation Strategy

The current Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) can accommodate a finite number of available addresses, which will become insufficient given the increasing number of devices and internet users accessing the Internet. In anticipation of this address shortage, IP version 6 (IPv6) has been developed with a vastly extended address range. IPv6 migration is a global issue and Qatar has therefore started to take the necessary measures to ensure its IP ecosystem is ready for IPv6.

See

http://www.ictqatar.qa/sites/default/files/documents/IPv6-National-Implementation-Strategy-Consultation-Document.pdf

UAE

IT security regulations for federal entities issued

Cabinet Resolution No. 21 of 2013 on Information Technology (IT) security regulations at federal government entities has been issued. The regulations provide a legal framework for federal government entities to guarantee the safety of IT infrastructure and data through enhanced protection levels that act as defence mechanisms in case of accidents or cyber-attacks that can cause disruption. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is mandated with the distribution of the complete resolution regulations and guidelines to all federal government entities. The resolution is effective after 90 days of its publication date in the official gazette. See

http://www.sheikhmohammed.ae/vgn-ext-templating/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=7081032eeb560410VgnVCM1000003f64a8c0RCRD&vgnextchannel=2777bc9e88caf210VgnVCM1000004d64a8c0RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

TRA Introduces Regulations for UAE Certification Service Providers

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced that it has established the policies necessary to license and regulate Certification Service Providers (CSP) operating in the UAE. The policies are in line with the TRA‘s objectives to establish a secure environment for e-commerce and electronic transactions in the UAE and to regulate CSPs who offer Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solutions that help businesses conduct e-commerce securely on the web.

See

http://www.tra.gov.ae/news_TRA_Introduces_Regulations_for_UAE_Certification_Service_Providers_-525-2.php