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 Maritime Radio Spectrum Licenses

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Maritime equipment is required to support the safe navigation of vessels and to make distress calls from coast stations/vessels in emergency situations.  It enables communication between vessels and coast stations, port / harbour authorities and with other vessels as well. Available maritime radio station licenses are classified as follows:

a)       Ship Radio Station

i)         Ship Radio Station (SOLAS)

ii)       Ship Radio Stations (Non-SOLAS)

iii)      Ship Radio Station (Portable)

b)       Maritime Navigational Aids and Radar Radio Station

c)       Coastal Radio station

i)         International coastal station

ii)       Qatar-only coastal station

iii)      Coastal Station Radio (Training School)

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 forms to be used for license applications, modifications, renewals or cancellations.  The application forms describe the information and any documents that need to be provided for an application to be processed.