UAE revises fees for wireless equipment, frequency spectrum

New fees will come into effect from January 1, says TRA’s Majed Al Mesmar
Spectrum relates to the radio frequencies allocated to the mobile industry and other sectors for communication over the airwaves.
Spectrum relates to the radio frequencies allocated to the mobile industry and other sectors for communication over the airwaves.

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The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) will introduce new fees for using wireless equipment and radio frequency spectrum from January 2017.

Spectrum relates to the radio frequencies allocated to the mobile industry and other sectors for communication over the airwaves.

The TRA's new regulations include a fee for radio services used in land, maritime, terrestrial and satellite, including mobile service, broadcasting, satellite, and services related to emergencies and disaster relief, state news agency WAM reported. No specific details were given on the revised fees.

Majed Al Mesmar, acting director-general of the TRA, said: "The ICT sector is considered the main nerve of many other sectors, as it offers infrastructure and advanced technological solutions to provide all kinds of services to society.

"Radiocommunication services are considered one of the pillars through which vital services are provided to institutions and individuals and it depends on the frequency spectrum which is limited in nature."

The new regulation has been updated using global standards and benchmarks, after conducting thorough market study and service analysis. It supports the provision of new technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, space services and ICT (information communication technology) sector projects.

The UAE has been ranked first in the world for mobile phone penetration, Al Mesmar added.

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