Posted on January 18, 2017

His Excellency Minister of Transport and Communications, Jassim Bin Saif Al-Sulaiti (pictured) today launched two milestone systems initiated by the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) to ensure effective and seamless management and monitoring of the radio spectrum usage in the State of Qatar.

His Excellency launched the Automated Spectrum Monitoring System (ASMS) and the Automated Frequency Management System (AFMS) by inaugurating CRA’s National Monitoring Center – equipped with technology to monitor spectrum usage remotely.

“The two systems which have been launched today are one of main infrastructure that Qatar invests in to improve the overall performance of the institutions and government entities for their interest, and to enhance economy and community benefits by using advanced and innovative technologies. Using the advanced technologies on a large scale in government work field has become an integral part of the work effective management,” said His Excellency Jassim Bin Saif Al-Sulaiti. "Today we see a great example as CRA is launching advanced systems classified as the first of its kind in the region, these systems with no doubt will be part of Qatar’s international achievements and part of the future preparations to host major international events." he added. 

“The launch of these systems marks an important milestone that will ensure effective management of monitoring the radio spectrum which is a solid foundation of CRA’s Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Framework. Both, ASMS & AFMS, empower CRA to oversee its mandate to manage and monitor the legitimate use of radio spectrum in the country, especially for key sectors like oil & gas, aviation, maritime, infrastructure development, among others,” said His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, President of CRA. “I would like to thank the Minister for launching the ASM & AFM systems and help CRA contribute to the current and future demands for communication services,” he added.

The two systems – ASMS & AFMS – are effectively coordinated through the NMC by integrating interference requests and regular monitoring process with the actual usage of radio spectrum. The ASMS ecosystem comprises several highly advanced components. The key to the operations, however, is the National Monitoring Center (NMC), which accesses, monitors and controls servers in four Fixed Monitoring Stations (Al Rayyan, Al Shamal, Al Kharara and Zikrit) and two Mobile Monitoring Stations. CRA’s experts conduct the monitoring to identify and eliminate sources of interference that degrade public or private telecommunication networks to achieve the highest quality of radio services.

Through the AFMS, CRA intends to enhance the existing application process, and align its services with the Qatar Digital Government initiative. The process is now effectively digitized to provide tangible benefits for all spectrum users through the system’s portal accessible at https://e-spectrum.cra.gov.qa. The process was launched last year and since January 1, 2017, it has become the main interface for all applicants. CRA encourages all consumers of radio communication devices to report any interference issues or concerns through CRA’s Hotline – 103, or via email at spectrumaffairs@cra.gov.qa and to submit all their spectrum license requests through AFMS services portal.

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.

For more information, please visit: http://cra.gov.qa/en

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