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 Satellite Radio Spectrum Licenses

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Satellite stations are used to transmit and receive radio, television and telephone transmissions anywhere via satellite. Satellite communication has been considered as the most reliable means of communications. Due to its global nature, most of the spectrum management is done internationally through ITU-R.  Satellite operators intending to deploy their space station in space are required to launch coordination request to ITU-R via national administrations. Similarly, coordination may also be required before deployment of large earth stations. Small Earth Stations such as VSATs as being low powered terminals are not required to be coordinated. In Qatar, space station licenses are required for only Qatari registered satellite networks. The terms & conditions for operating space station(s) are agreed and issued for the Qatari registered satellite operator as and when required. However, for operation of Earth Stations the following licenses are available which are being explained in detail in the guidelines:

a)       Fixed Earth Stations (FES)

b)       Satellite Earth Station Network Link

c)       Transportable Earth Stations (TES)

Please note that these licenses are for transmitters while receive only satellite stations do not require any individual license.

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 describe the information and any documents that need to be provided for the application to be processed.