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Taking regulation to new heights

Since its launch in November 2004, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has overseen the successful liberalisation of the UAE telecoms market. Now GULFCOMMS provides a new forum for discussing the future of telecoms in the UAE.

Since the introduction of the UAE's independent regulator to the market in November 2004, the role and influence of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has only grown in stature. GULFCOMMS provides the perfect high-profile forum for it to discuss the UAE market and detail its future plans.

The TRA's immediate task at the time of its formation was the creation of the regulatory frameworks to help usher in a period of market competition, which the UAE had not experience at that point.

Given the tight timelines faced by the regulator in formulating policy, virtually from nothing, the TRA's director general, Mohammed Al Ghanim acknowledges that the year 2005 was exceedingly busy for the regulator.

However the TRA's work did not diminish with the launch of the second all-service communications provider this February. In fact, the role of the TRA is broadening rapidly, and despite the widening of its remit, Al Ghanim remains focused on ensuring the TRA sets the tone for the development of the UAE ICT sector.

Al Ghanim recalls: "In 2006, much of the TRA's time was taken by overseeing the interaction of the two licensed operators, as matters such as site sharing, mobile number portability and network pre-select had to be resolved."

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