Posted on October 31, 2017

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has issued this public notice to create awareness about certain wireless / cordless devices not purchased in the State of Qatar that may cause the disruption in mobile networks and degradation in mobile coverage and quality of service.

CRA would like to inform all members of the public that usage of certain “personal use” devices described below is illegal. CRA can identify such illegal devices through its monitoring systems and take the necessary action accordingly, including confiscating any device found to be interfering with any of the licensed networks in Qatar. These devices include cordless phones, wireless headsets, microphones, etc. operating on DECT 6 standards (1900MHz); RFID devices; and mobile signal boosters or repeaters. These devices, often purchased outside of Qatar, operate on frequency bands exclusively allocated for mobile networks in Qatar. These devices may be allowed for personal use in other countries, but their use in Qatar is prohibited. As such their import, sale and use in Qatar is not allowed.

CRA has granted Class License for the use and operation of SRDs which include RFID devices such as wireless access control for parking gates / doors. These devices are only permitted operations within the authorized frequency bands and power levels. These specifications are also available in Annexure (2) of this Class License on CRA’s website at the link: http://www.cra.gov.qa/en/document/class-license-short-range-devices-srds. Please note the frequency band 900MHz is assigned exclusively to the service providers, and should not be used on SRDs. The import, sale or use of mobile signal boosters or repeaters used to enhance the mobile coverage must be compliant with the CRA standards and is allowed only through licensed telecom service providers in Qatar.

CRA is the communications regulator in the state of Qatar established by virtue of Emiri Decree (42) in 2014. CRA regulates the communications & information technology and postal sectors, and access to digital media. CRA uses its regulatory powers mandated by the Emiri decree to protect consumer rights, ensure competition, manage the resolution of disputes, and manage the electromagnetic spectrum. In all its activities, the CRA seeks to ensure the provision of advanced, innovative and reliable ICT and postal services across the state of Qatar. For more information, please visit: http://cra.gov.qa/en

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