This note summarises recent announcements from the telecommunications regulators and other telecommunications news outlets in Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Where appropriate, content from the relevant announcements has been incorporated into the text below.
Communications and Media Commission (CMC) met to discuss CMC Law
The CMC held a consultative meeting with a number of Iraqi media and legal figures as well as civil society organisations to discuss the CMC draft law. The meeting aimed to involve stakeholders in developing the law and amending the articles before finalizing. Further meetings shall follow.
National Council has announced its consideration to draft a law to establish a Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
The new Telecommunications Regulatory Authority would assume the Transportation Ministry’s responsibilities for the telecommunications sector, including radio frequencies. The National Council will base many of the definitions in the draft law on the 1955 Jordanian Communications Act.
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) holds public consultation
The TRA announced it is studying the policy of registering internet domain names under the two top levels (.om) and (.عمان) for individuals.
TRA responds to comments on Licensing Framework Public Consultation
The TRA published a document summarising responses to the consultation. The document is available at http://www.tra.gov.om/newsite1/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=286.
ictQATAR opens a public consultation on a draft Radio Spectrum Fees Policy and Fees Schedule
ictQATAR invites informed comments from interested parties in public consultation. Under the draft proposal, no fees will be payable when radio spectrum is used in accordance with a Class Radio Frequency License, however, fees will be applied for the use of radio spectrum under Individual Radio Spectrum Licenses granted by ictQATAR.
ictQATAR opens a public consultation on its regulatory framework for Open Access to Megaprojects
ictQATAR invites informed comments from interested parties in public consultation. ictQATAR seeks to ensure that the country will successfully master the development objectives set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and in advance of the FIFA Football World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) issued an explanatory statement regarding policies around Skype
The TRA issued an explanatory statement in response to a locally published newspaper article entitled “TRA: Illegal access to the network results in a fine of Dh1 million – imprisonment or fine is the penalty for using (Skype) to make telephone calls.” The TRA denied the content of the article and confirming the inaccuracy and invalidity of the published information.
Central Bank launches blueprint with lenders and telecommunication companies to expand mobile commerce
The Central Bank has agreed on a road map for improving mobile phone banking services in a bid to raise the value of mobile transactions in the UAE.