WiMax policies get underway

Regulations regarding the implementation of the next-generation wireless network technology WiMax in the UAE will be finalised by the end of the year, according to the head of the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

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By  Dylan Bowman Published  April 2, 2006

|~|Intel-Abdulrahman-Jarrar-1b.jpg|~|WiMax is of the greatest importance for the region, claimed Abdulrahman Jarrar.|~|Regulations regarding the implementation of the next-generation wireless network technology WiMax in the UAE will be finalised by the end of the year, according to the head of the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). His Excellency Mohammed Nasser Al-Ghanim, TRA director general, said that the authority realised the importance of WiMax and was working to allocate a suitable frequency for it and create the necessary policies for introducing this technology in the UAE. “The TRA is currently working on allocating spectrum for Wimax taking into consideration the frequencies already applied in the country and in accordance with international trials for using the right frequency for this technology in accordance with the framework of the International Tele- communication Union,” said Al-Ghanim. “Since we believe that WiMax is greatly important to the region, enabling the growth of communication services and wideband data transfer, we will be finalising the needed regulatory policies and procedures by year end to ensure best use of this technology in the UAE provided it does not conflict with other services currently available in the country,” Al-Ghanim went on to add. Last week IT Weekly reported that Al-Ghanim told delegates at a conference in Dubai that voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology would eventually be made available in the Middle East. The announcement on Wi-Max is great news for Intel, which has championed the technology globally and nailed its colours to the mast at the third Arab Telecom Regulators Network Meeting last month, stating the wireless network is a key component to the continued advancement for the region. Speaking at the meeting in Abu Dhabi on March 21, Abdulrahman Jarrar, Intel government affairs regional manager for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa said that WiMax is of the ‘greatest importance’ for the Middle East. His comments came in the same month as a report published by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) raised doubts over the future of WiMax. The report highlighted spectrum, regulatory, industry and security issues that might hinder the take-up of WiMax (see IT Weekly 25- 31 March 2006). As well as reiterating Intel’s commitment to promoting the technology, Jarrar called on businesses and governments to see WiMax as a vital tool for the future and begin to put in place a regulatory framework for the technology’s implementation. “As a global technology leader, Intel is mobilising and empowering the industry and the ecosystem to foster demand for cost-effective digital connectivity,” said Jarrar. “We believe that Wimax serves as part of the right solution for users in this region, and we are working towards promoting this standard-based technology to increase connectivity as a key enabler for digital transformation,” he added. ||**||

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