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.

Review of the List of the Relevant Markets - Public Consultation Document

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has announced the needs to shift its focus from the Retail Relevant Markets to Wholesale Relevant Markets.

According to the CRA ex-ante regulation at the wholesale level should be considered sufficient to tackle potential competition problems on the related downstream market(s).

The list and definition of the relevant markets should be defined accordingly.

This review is due to provide the CRA with a list of Relevant Markets more representative of the:

  • Real network bottlenecks, impeding the development of the competition in the Retail Markets
  • Retail Markets to be considered competitive, currently or forward-looking
  • Markets which still need an ex ante regulation

The review of the list of the Relevant Markets shall be accompanied to a more clear definition of the products included in them, to facilitate the regulatory actions.

The scope of this is consultation is to acquire the view of the industry on the Relevant Markets and on the Relevant Markets susceptible of ex-ante regulation. In the meantime, the CRA is seeking suggestions on the ex-post regulation that should be applied to monitor the markets.

Hence, this consultation is a first round of discussion and will be followed by a second consultation, based on the responses provided by the SPs and on the CRA view.

The designation of the Dominant Service Providers will be then started immediately after the definition of the Relevant Markets.

All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to review these documents and submit their comments to the CRA no later than 15 September 2014, via email at

Comments should reference the number of the question being addressed or the specific section and document if not responding to a particular question. All comments received in response to this public consultation will be carefully reviewed and considered by the CRA.