Posted on June 30, 2016

Following the Cabinet’s approval of the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) proposal to reduce the annual license fees for VHF Radio for small ships, and dual-band radio for hunting, CRA is pleased to inform the general public that the fees for the above has been reduced from QAR 500 to QAR 100 per year.

The new fee is effective as per the cabinet approval published in the Official Gazette no. 7 dated June 15, 2016. “After a careful review of the fee structure for these particular radio spectrum licenses, we concluded that it was in the best interest of the public to reduce the fees for these two types of licenses to QAR 100,” said Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai (pictured), President of CRA. “This will allow more people to apply for and secure these licenses,” he added.

Qatar’s 2006 Telecom Law requires that all persons operating any radio communication equipment or making use of frequencies must have a valid radio spectrum license or a radio frequency authorization from the CRA. Operation of these radios without a valid CRA license is considered illegal and the equipment can be confiscated.

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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