The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has issued a total of 48 notices for violations of the Telecommunications Law, for selling mobile phones and radio and telecommunication equipment without valid licences.
The CRA manages Qatar’s radio spectrum, and conducts routine inspections to ensure compliance with the Telecommunications Law.
The most common violations involved shops selling mobile phones without a valid licence. The notice entails the non-compliant shops to regularize their licence or to obtain the right licence if they do not have one. If the appropriate licences have not been obtained, CRA is empowered to take legal action against the defaulters, said a statement yesterday.
Under the Law, the import and sale of radio and telecommunication equipment requires an authorization from CRA. Approvals are necessary to ensure the equipment meets certain safety and technical standards.
Radio and telecommunication equipment includes, but is not limited to, mobile phones, wireless local area networks (WLAN), and short range devices (SRD).
“CRA’s Spectrum Management Department has a dedicated team to conduct regular inspections of businesses involved in telecommunication dealings. We take strong actions against those found selling illegal equipment or selling equipment without a valid license issued by CRA. If you know of a company or individual selling such equipment without a license, please contact us at our hotline 103 and we will conduct an inspection immediately,” said Faisal Al Shuaibi, CRA’s spokesperson.
CRA’s inspection team visited a total of 135 sites over a five-day period, targeting popular locations for sale of communication equipment including malls, souqs, commercial areas, as well as neighbourhood grocery stores.
In addition to routine inspections, citizens can request a CRA inspection if they suspect the unauthorised sale or use of radio and telecommunication equipment at any location in Qatar. To request an inspection, or to apply for an import authorization, type approval and customs clearance certificate, contact CRA by e-mail at [email protected], or by calling CRA’s hotline number: 103. (Source)
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