TRA initiatives drive ICT

The UAE’S telecoms regulator, the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), is busy demonstrating the huge strides that have been made in the country’s telecoms sector at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.

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TRA initiatives drive ICT
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 17, 2010

The UAE’S telecoms regulator, the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), is busy demonstrating the huge strides that have been made in the country’s telecoms sector at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK. The regulator certainly has plenty of important developments to discuss.

The regulator has acted as a catalyst for positive change in the UAE’s ICT sector in the past year, with a number of key developments helping to improve the industry, with huge benefits for end users.

At GITEX, the TRA is keen to draw attention to some of its recent initiatives, and also clarify upcoming initiatives to drive the development of the ICT sector.

“2009 saw many achievements for TRA, most importantly, the revision and evaluation of the proposed offer for Mobile TV licensing presented by a consortium of several companies last October, and approving a Public Access Mobile Radio ‘PAMR’ license to Nedaa’ Company,” says Mohamad Al Ghanim, Director General, TRA.

There have been a number of major highlights during the course of the past year, including the nomination of TRA to a second term for membership of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as the nomination of TRA’s Director of International Affairs to the membership of the ITU’s Radio Regulations Board (RRB12) - the first Arab to be nominated to this post.

The TRA was also instrumental in the continued rapid growth of the UAE’s mobile sector, which reached 10 million subscribers in 2009, equating to a mobile penetration rate of 200%. “In the last quarter of 2009, TRA also completed carrying out an extensive benchmarking survey of the mobile networks and services provided by mobile licensees, Etisalat and Du, which covered both second and third generation of mobile networks,” adds Al Ghanim.

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