CRA Launches Public Consultation for WHANs

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) launched a public consultation for the proposed Class License for Wireless Home Area Networks (WHANs). The aim of the consultation is to receive views and comments on the content of the Class License from multi-stakeholders including consumers, telecom service providers, or suppliers and manufacturer of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) no later than May 21, 2019.

The proposed Class License is for WHANs and covers Smart Home Area Systems, which are electronic devices that work interactively. Despite its small size, it has the ability to connect with other smart devices through WHANs, which connects between various devices and systems at the house, so that the user can control it remotely through simple orders. This includes automated electrical home appliances and heating systems, wireless alert and sensors, as well as lighting automation systems.

The Class License for WHANs will enable anyone in Qatar to possess, use, operate, and install the approved class of devices for personal use according to the frequencies specified in the License, without having to apply for a License or paying License or spectrum fees. However, the user must ensure that the devices are compatible with CRA’s Regulatory Framework, and follow the necessary procedures for customs clearance.

Source: Government of Qatar