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TRA launches NGN industry forum framework

Regulator is to act as the chairperson and UAE telcos are to be members of the forum.

TRA launches NGN industry forum framework
Al Ghanim says that the NGN industry forum has been formed to discuss and analyse issues pertaining to NGN transition.

UAE's TRA has launched the Next Generation Network (NGN) industry forum to accelerate the transition of the telecoms sector in the UAE to NGN.

While the TRA is to take the lead in establishing the industry forum and act as the chairperson of the forum, its members will be representatives from Etisalat, Du, and any other entities that may become licensees by the TRA while this forum exists. Additionally, some telecom equipment vendors may also get invited to the forum for specific issues if required.

Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general of TRA, said: "We are establishing this forum in order to provide the licensees an opportunity to contribute and share their views on NGN regulations framework, enhance the ICT sector in the country, achieve clear and transparent NGN regulations, promote broadband and advanced services for users, promote innovations, and ensure customer security and protection, offering the licensees the chance to exchange experience and knowledge, express their views and challenges to migrate to NGN, and develop the technical framework and standards required for NGN." He said that the transition to NGN in certain countries have resulted in establishment of expert groups to discuss and analyse issues relating to NGN implementation. "Hence, we are launching our NGN industry forum in the UAE," he added.

Al Ghanim also said that as the TRA's intention is to play a vital role in promoting the migration to NGN and IMS infrastructure, the regulator has established the industry forum to discuss and analyse issues pertaining to NGN interconnection, interoperability and other issues specific to NGN transition with the purpose of creating an improved framework for the industry and ensuring that it is in accordance with the Telecom Law Article 13.

The TRA's main objectives from such a transition are to encourage, promote, and develop the telecommunications and information technology industries in the UAE, to promote and enhance the telecommunications systems in the UAE as indicated by the development and the establishment of industry-related training institutions, and to develop NGN framework with the involvement of the industry.

He said that the forum may be proposing to the TRA several recommendations, findings and decisions for NGN regulations framework, providing proof of concept trial for IP interconnections and generating other recommendations on challenges and issues raised by the TRA or licensees that are related to NGN.

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