ARC launches public consultation on 5G private mobile networks
Doha: The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has launched a public consultation on private fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks, with the aim of gathering views and feedback from stakeholders on their level of interest for the implementation of 5G private mobile networks in Qatar and on various regulatory options to support companies, businesses and government entities that wish to implement them.
Private telecommunications networks enable enterprises and entities in the private and government sectors to provide reliable, flexible and secure voice and data communications on-site and between sites. The regulatory options presented for consultation are three options. Under the first option (which is the one available under the current regulatory framework), companies wishing to implement a 5G private mobile network can obtain the services provided by the two telecommunications service providers (Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar ).
The second option is to make radio spectrum available to companies wishing to implement a 5G private mobile network, so that they can self-provision if they have the required radio spectrum license. The last option is to grant the required licenses to a new service provider with a scope limited to the provision of private 5G mobile networks to enterprises. Depending on the outcome of this consultation, more than one option may be supported in Qatar, as the adoption of one option would not automatically exclude the others.
In its efforts to ensure transparency in the regulatory process and to develop the regulatory instruments necessary to effectively regulate the telecommunications sector, CRA is interested in receiving the views of stakeholders, including companies wishing to implement a 5G private mobile network and the 5G service providers. and related technologies. The CRA will take into account the views and comments received when finalizing its position on this subject. Stakeholders and interested parties can submit their views and related comments via email [email protected]no later than Thursday, July 21, 2022.