TRA eyes 5G network and space telecommunications

The TRA highlights three initiatives at the International Telecommunications Union seminar in Geneva

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TRA eyes 5G network and space telecommunications     Khaled Al Awadhi: "The TRA has proposed various technical aspects which require close collaboration between the telecoms and space sectors, especially in terms of enhancing the quality of telecommunications services."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 14, 2016

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has highlight three initiatives at the International Telecommunications Union seminar in Geneva.

The TRA is discussing plans to allocate new bandwidth frequencies compatible with 5th generation mobile networks, enable airlines to provide low-cost, high-speed broadband Internet connection during flights and develop a global maritime distress system.  

It also reviewed the suggested clauses on using space telecommunications in terms of current capabilities, considering that space telecoms is a major aspect of the space sector along with satellites and other related space communication technologies.

Eng. Khaled Al Awadhi, manager for International Organisations, corporate development department and TRA spokesperson said: "The TRA has proposed various technical aspects which require close collaboration between the telecoms and space sectors, especially in terms of enhancing the quality of telecommunications services and providing customers with easy access and reach as our way of helping our customers achieve happiness.

"The TRA has discussed the importance of using space services and providing new frequencies that can accommodate 5th generation mobile devices, which will require expanding broadband services or improving the efficiency of current capabilities. The TRA has discussed broadband application using satellites to serve the aviation sector which will allow airlines to easily provide high-speed internet connection in-flight. At present, there are some technical challenges to fully offer Internet connection while on-board flights because of lack of capabilities and high cost."

Al Awadhi further stated that the federal agency was invited to become part of an initiative to develop the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, an electronic identification technology which will track ships navigating across oceans to ensure their safety from pirates and immediately get a response during emergencies. The project can be done by allocating new spectrum bands.

Al Awadhi added: "Emirati engineers are very much capable of contributing significant innovation in the space sector as we have seen them launch many projects under the sponsorship of technology firms and service providers. The TRA is continuously working to meet the requirements of those projects which may need to be tested and applied internationally. This is where we come in - to facilitate their implementation through coordination with ITU."

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