Posted on March 03, 2019

The Second Session of the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-2019) concluded its work on Thursday February 28, 2019.

CPM meetings were held at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18 to 28 February 2019. The preparatory meeting aims to conduct a series of comprehensive discussions and prepare a consolidated report based on contributions from administrations, Radiocommunication Study Groups and other sources, to be used in support of the work of WRC-2019.

A high-level Qatari delegation led by His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, President of the CRA has participated in the CPM and submitted 12 contributions as part of the CPM documents. During the various working groups meetings, members of the Qatari delegation participated in the discussion of CRA’s contributions, towards the final report format, that will be discussed during the WRC-2019, which is going to be held this year from October 28 to November 22, 2019. WRC is held every four years to revise the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits, as well as to address any issue concerning radiocommunication at global level. The State of Qatar is among the ITU Member States that have signed this Treaty, which obliges the signatory states to comply with the treaty provisions in accordance with the special Radio Regulations.

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CRA ensures that all radio spectrum related matters are effectively managed and allocated, therefore ensures to attend and participate in international meetings and conferences like the CPM. Regulatory development creates opportunities for a multi-trillion dollars industry, which in turn enhances the development of communities globally. Global or regional spectrum harmonization for fixed, mobile, satellites and broadcasting industries, is essential to create economies of scale of roaming and interoperability,” said H.E. Al-Mannai.

It is worth mentioning that CRA has published the National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) in 2016, it was aligned with the outcomes of the WRC-2015 and took into consideration the projects’ plans in the sectors that are critical to Qatar’s economy. After concluding the WRC-2019 in November 2019, CRA will start updating the NFAP by considering the new outcomes. The NFAP is a comprehensive frequency allocation document that provides a transparent, clear and non-discriminatory approach to the management of radio spectrum; also, it is a guide for individuals, government and private entities on how the frequency bands are allocated in Qatar.