CRA WARNS PUBLIC AGAINST USE OF UNAPPROVED WIRELESS DEVICES

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has warned the public against the use of certain wireless/cordless devices not purchased in Qatar as they may cause disruption in mobile networks and degradation in mobile coverage and quality of service.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the CRA described the usage of such ‘personal use’ devices as illegal, adding that it can identify such devices through its monitoring systems and take the necessary action accordingly, including confiscation of any device found to be interfering with any of the licensed networks in Qatar.

These devices include cordless phones, wireless headsets, microphones, etc., operating on DECT 6 standards (1900MHz); RFID devices and mobile signal boosters or repeaters. According to CRA, these devices, often purchased outside of Qatar, operate on frequency bands exclusively allocated for mobile networks in Qatar. These devices may be allowed for personal use in other countries, but their use is prohibited in Qatar. Hence, their import, sale and use in Qatar is not allowed.

Source: Government of Qatar