UAE TRA believes govts should be clear on spectrum
Director general of UAE TRA talks about the future of telecommunications
Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general at UAE TRA, has said that governments should be open with operators about their long term plans for spectrum allocation.
Speaking to CommsMEA, ITP.net's sister site, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum's ‘Global Agenda Council on the Future of Telecommunications' Al Ghanim said that "governments should open up their plan for the industry or, at least, share with the operators their spectrum plans".
He noted that the UAE has already released the 800MHz band and it is planning to work on the 700MHz for mobile broadband. "Regarding the 700MHz, countries in the Middle East and Africa region should start planning, but I can tell that the transition is already happening in this part of the region [Middle East]."
The Future of Telecoms Council, which is meeting in Dubai this week, is discussing a new model for the telecommunications industry that allows sustainability to all the players on the market, Al Ghanim said. The council is also addressing new technology adoption and regulatory issues.
"We have the telcos, which are investing in infrastructure and are providing services to customers, and we have OTT players, such as Google, Facebook or Skype, which are making money from the customers. What we are looking at is how the telecoms sector is going to look like in the future, what is the business model that we will need to ensure the sustainability of investment, infrastructure, innovation and technology to help the country and its digital economy," he commented.