Posted on April 24, 2019

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) hosted a delegation from the GSM Association (GSMA) at its headquarters on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, who was on an official visit to Qatar, where the two parties discussed a number of matters of mutual interest and ways to activate cooperation in different fields and issues related to the mobile industry.

Head of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at GSMA and the accompanying team presented a brief overview of GSMA’s industry programs such as Future Networks, Identity and the Internet of Things as well as the advocacy initiatives that are supported by the GSMA  like bringing the views of the policymakers closer, promoting sustainable investment in the vital mobile sector, in addition to the role of mobile telecommunications in the economic and social development as well as some topics related to spectrum.

CRA from its part provided an overview on some of the regulatory instruments that are going to be developed in accordance with the new government legislation as well as some of strategic plans related to spectrum and telecommunications infrastructure, which are in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. In addition, CRA presented a number of its future projects for FIFA World Cup 2022. At the end of the meeting, the two sides expressed their interest to activate a future cooperation, especially in the area of institutional capacity building for knowledge acquisition as well as to host number of future workshops in Qatar, specially the one related to the impact of telecommunications towers and mobile stations on the socio of health and environment.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile networks operators around the world, and includes under its umbrella more than 750 operators including 400 companies from manufacturers of mobile phones and private software companies, equipment suppliers and Internet companies, as well as institutions working closely with the sector.