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 Fixed Radio Spectrum Licenses

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fixed Service as defined in the ITU Radio Regulations is a radio-communication service between specified fixed points.  It includes point-to-point, point to multipoint and multipoint to multipoint (mesh) radio systems used for the transmission of voice, video and data information. 

There are following licensing options available for fixed services, which are explained in detail in these guidelines:

a)       Point to point (frequency assigned)

b)       Point to point (block assigned)

c)       Point to point light licensed (65 GHz, 70 GHz and 80 GHz bands)

d)       Point to multipoint/Multipoint to multipoint (frequency assigned)

e)       Point to multipoint/ Multipoint to multipoint (block assigned)

f)        Point to point / Point to multipoint / Multipoint to multipoint Light Licensed (2.4 GHz, 5.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz bands)

Fixed links are generally used to provide network infrastructure and customer access applications across a wide range of frequency bands, currently ranging from 450MHz to 86GHz.  Fixed point-to-point links mainly use digital technologies, directional antennas and typically operate at very high levels of propagation availability. These links are normally assigned individual frequencies by ictQATAR and are licensed on a link by link basis.  However, there are also requirements for point to multipoint and multipoint to multipoint (mesh) network deployments for which greater flexibility to applicants is provided by ictQATAR.

Annex A to these guidelines provides the templates of the licenses alongwith 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.