The ‎ Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is the Communications Regulator in the state of Qatar established by virtue of Emiri Decree (42) in 2014. The CRA regulates the Telecommunications and Information Technology sector, postal services, access to digital media and spectrum. The CRA encourages and supports an open and competitive Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector that provides advanced, innovative, and reliable communications services. Balancing the rights of consumers with the needs of service providers is at the heart of everything the CRA does.

Final Type Approval Guidelines

Saturday, January 8, 2011

This document, “Type Approval Guidelines for Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (“RTTE”)” is issued by ictQATAR following the publication of the Type Approval Policy, in accordance with Decree Law No.  (34) of 2006 on the promulgation of the Telecommunications Law.

In accordance with Article 2.11 and Article 4.5 of the Telecommunications Law, ictQATAR has the statutory duty to establish an effective approval regime for telecommunications equipment and for that purpose, set the necessary procedures for the approval of telecommunication equipment or their types for attachment to the telecommunications networks in Qatar including approval of equipment previously approved by organizations or other countries.

ictQATAR fulfils this function by requiring that all RTTE are Type Approved  before being allowed to be marketed and operated in Qatar. The overall objective of the new Type Approval regime is to improve upon the current Type Approval process and to provide a framework for opening up the market for importation and commercialization of RTTE. The current Type Approval regime links any specific RTTE with the Importer that has presented the application – only that Importer can actually import the RTTE in Qatar. In addition, manufacturers are today not allowed to apply for Type Approval and import RTTE themselves.