Posted on September 10, 2018

His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai (pictured), President of the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is leading a high-level delegation to represent Qatar at the Telecom World 2018, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Durban, South Africa from September 10 to 13, 2018.

ITU Telecom World 2018 is an annual international event that brings SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators, heads of states and governments, heads of international organizations, ministers and regulators of ICT and related sectors. ITU Telecom world 2018 will include a world-class forum, international exhibition and awards program. CRA is continually exploring challenges faced and creative solutions being adopted by industry leaders and other regulators through outstanding events such as the World Telecom World. The theme for this year’s Telecom World event is "Innovation for smarter digital development”, which is close to CRA’s mandate and strategy.

"The mission of the ITU is aligned with CRA’s objective of enabling the development of a sustainable digital society for the social and economic benefit of people in Qatar, through a forward looking, transparent and consistent regulatory framework. This is an excellent forum for us to talk about our initiatives and learn from the experience of other regulators and industry leaders from around the world so that we can improve the experience of telecom consumers in Qatar, and enable the availability of innovative, high quality communications services in the future," said H.E. Al-Mannai.

This year the event will focus on innovations in technology, policy and strategy for smarter digital development and includes ministerial round tables and panel sessions to discuss innovation in spectrum policy and regulatory frameworks, new business models for new technologies in Internet of things (IoT), 5G networks, Industry 4.0, the creative potential, regulatory and ethical challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital citizenship, data security and e-skills. It’s worth mentioning that Reem Al-Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary for Digital Society Development Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) will take part as a panelist and speak in one of the forum sessions under the title of “Smart cities: innovations in sustainable urban living”.

CRA continually monitors the latest trends and best practices across the globe to enable development of a sustainable, connected, digital society through the implementation of innovative and effective regulatory instruments, regulations and policies across the ICT sector in Qatar. As the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.