The ‎ Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is the Communications Regulator in the state of Qatar established by virtue of Emiri Decree (42) in 2014. The CRA regulates the Telecommunications and Information Technology sector, postal services, access to digital media and spectrum. The CRA encourages and supports an open and competitive Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector that provides advanced, innovative, and reliable communications services. Balancing the rights of consumers with the needs of service providers is at the heart of everything the CRA does.

Guidelines for Use of ISM Bands

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio bands are internationally reserved for use by industrial, scientific and medical equipment such as process heating, microwave oven, and medical diathermy equipment etc. The reason why these devices were limited to certain bands of frequencies was because they cause electromagnetic interference that may disrupt radio communication. The main feature of the internationally reserved bands for this purpose is that the communications equipment operating in these bands must tolerate any interference generated by ISM equipment, and users have no regulatory protection from ISM device operation.

Over the years, wireless communication standards have been developed and equipment have been manufactured that is capable of operating in these bands. Cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, near field communication (NFC) devices and wireless local area network devices are now easily available in the market.

ISM bands have been used internationally on non-interference and non-protection basis. Hence, users of these bands are usually not being individually licensed by the administrations. These guidelines illustrate the terms and conditions for the use of these bands in the state of Qatar.