The TRA, in corporation with the ITU, hosted the 3rd annual MENA spectrum management conference from 24-25 January 2017 in Dubai. Several decision makers from the region were among the attendees, including HE François Rancy, director, ITU radiocommunication bureau, Abdul Karim Somalia, secretary-general of the African Union Communications, Engineer Mahmoud Mubarak Al Saiyar, director general of the GCC telecommunications bureau.
H.E. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, deputy director general for telecommunications sector, TRA said: "With the growing demand for frequencies to meet the accelerating requirement for data and applications associated with it, we have allocated bands for the fourth generation of mobile service and provided the 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 bands, as well as the possibility of switching to the 3500 band for fifth generation uses. "
He added that the TRA has developed the digital TV switchover plan in the frequency band 470-694 MHz, and developed specifications and standards for receivers of this service, in addition to the T-DAB switchover plan to be implemented during 2018.
"Moreover, the TRA has devised the 5G mobile service road map and developed IoT applications in line with the national agenda and the UAE vision in this area, in cooperation with all concerned parties in the UAE.“ H.E. added.
The conference agenda highlighted the importance of spectrum in achieving sustainable development in the world and strengthening the efforts of cooperation and coordination among the Arab countries in this field on one hand, and between them and the rest of the regional groups falling under the ITU umbrella on the other.
Engineer Tariq Al-Awadi, executive director, spectrum management affairs showed a presentation that included an overview of the tasks of the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG). He added that the next goal is unification of international mobile communication bands, 'or what is now known as the fifth generation'.
'We, in the UAE, have been able to achieve significant progress in the field of radio services and look forward to continuing this momentum in order to meet the growing needs in light of the increasing dependability on smart services and satellite communication,' he added.