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.

Guidelines for Broadcasting Radio Spectrum Licenses

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Broadcasting stations are used to transmit broadcasting content. There are two types of broadcasting stations: terrestrial and satellite. These guidelines apply to the terrestrial broadcasting stations only. For information, relating to licensing of satellite broadcasting stations the guidelines for earth station licenses may be consulted. Historically all terrestrial stations in Qatar have been using analogue technology. However keeping in line with the global & regional trend towards adoption of more efficient digital technology, the digital switchover in Qatar is planned to be completed by Jun 30, 2015.  There are following types of licenses available to operate analogue and digital radio broadcasting stations which are being explained in detail in these guidelines:

a)       Commercial broadcasting radio station license

b)       Community broadcasting radio station license

c)       Digital Terrestrial TV Multiplexer network license

d)       Digital Terrestrial aud Multiplexer network license

e)       Digital Video Broadcasting – handheld network license

Annex A to these guidelines provides the templates of the licenses along-with the specific terms and conditions and technical schedule(s).

Annex B to these guidelines provides the application processing procedure.

Annex C to these guidelines provides application form to be used for license applications, modifications, renewals or cancellations.  The application form describes the information and any documents that need to be provided for the application to be processed.