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 Private Mobile Radio Spectrum Licenses

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Private mobile radio (PMR) systems are generally used to provide communication facilities for closed user groups and support specific features such as group call and push-to-talk.  Many PMR systems allow DMO (Direct Mode Operation) in which terminals can communicate with one another directly when they are out of the coverage area of a network.  PMR systems are designed for short call holding times as this enables a large number of users to be accommodated within a particular frequency allocation.  It is not permitted for PMR systems to support radio to telephony calls through connection, for example, with the licensee’s business PABX (Private Automated Branch Exchange) or PBX (Private Branch Exchange). 

PMR licenses are issued for the following classifications, which are described in detail in these Guidelines:

a)       PMR - Frequency Assigned 

                 i.            Network

               ii.            Area            

b)       PMR - Band Assigned

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.