The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) issued 31 violation notices for establishments using or selling equipments without valid licences, as discovered during a routine inspection recently.
The most common defaulters were the shops selling mobile phones without a valid licence. The notice entails the non-compliant shops to regularise 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.
CRA manages Qatar’s radio spectrum, and conducts routine inspections to ensure compliance with the Telecommunications Law. Radio and telecommunication equipment includes, but is not limited to, mobile phones, wireless local area networks (WLAN), and short range devices (SRD).
Earlier in April this year, CRA issued 48 violation notices. More than 50% of those violations have been rectified by the business owners. Legal action will be taken against the businesses that have failed to rectify their violation.
Anyone residing in Qatar can request a CRA inspection if they suspect a business is selling or using unauthorised radio and telecommunication equipment at any location in the country. To request an inspection, or to apply for an import authorization, one can type approval and customs clearance certificate, contact CRA by e-mail at email@example.com, or by calling CRA’s hotline number: 103.