Posted on November 16, 2016

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has conducted a routine inspection of shops selling radio and telecommunication equipment and a total of 31 violation notices were issued for using or selling equipment without valid licenses. CRA’s inspection team visited a total of 60 sites over a two-week period, targeting popular locations for sale of communication equipment including malls, souks, commercial areas, as well as neighborhood grocery stores.

CRA issued 31 notices for a range of violations; the most common being shops selling mobile phones without a valid license. The notice entails the non-compliant shops to regularize their license or to obtain the right license if they do not have one. If the appropriate licenses have not been obtained, CRA is empowered to take legal action against the defaulters. CRA manages Qatar’s radio spectrum, and conducts routine inspections to ensure compliance with the Telecommunications Law. Under the Law, the import and sale of radio and telecommunication equipment requires an authorization from CRA. Approvals are necessary to ensure the equipment meets certain safety and technical standards. Radio and telecommunication equipment includes, but is not limited to, mobile phones, wireless local area networks (WLAN), and short range devices (SRD).

Earlier in April this year, CRA issued 48 violation notices. More than 50% of those violations have been rectified by the business owners. Legal action will be taken against the businesses that have failed to rectify their violation. Anyone residing in Qatar can request a CRA inspection if they suspect a business is selling or using unauthorized radio and telecommunication equipment at any location in the country. To request an inspection, or to apply for an import authorization, type approval and customs clearance certificate, contact CRA by e-mail at, or by calling CRA’s hotline number: 103.

The Communications Regulatory Authority (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.

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