HE Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, has approved the amendment of the network rollout and coverage obligations of Ooredoo and Vodafone Qatar licenses for the provision of public mobile telecommunications networks and services. The amendments adopted unified obligations for both companies related to the Second Generation (2G), Third Generation (3G), and Fourth Generation (4G) networks that are in accordance with the amendments of the Annexure (G) of the network rollout and coverage obligations of both companies' licenses related to public mobile telecommunications networks and services.

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has issued decisions to grant the radio spectrum licenses to both companies for the deployment of the Fifth Generation (5G) commercial networks in Qatar as of January 2019. In addition, the CRA has unified all prior existing radio spectrum licenses and replaced them with a single document Radio Spectrum License that includes harmonized terms and conditions for both companies.

The Licenses also included the frequency bands required for the commercial deployment of 5G networks, the CRA has initially assigned to each company 100MHz within the 3500 - 3800MHz frequency band for the commercial deployment.

Under the radio spectrum licenses, the two companies will be committed to rollout the 5G networks before the end of 2020 in all densely populated areas, all primary roads and highways, as well as all venues associated with the FIFA 2022 World Cup, including stadiums and fan zones.

On this occasion Al Sulaiti said: Unifying the obligations of telecommunications companies for the 2G, 3G, and 4G networks is a very important step towards the development of a sustainable and fair competition in the telecom market in Qatar. This will benefit the sector and consumers at the same time as the companies are keen to provide competitive, innovative, and high quality services, stressing that this will contribute to the development of the Information and Communications (ICT) sector in the state of Qatar.

Source: Government of Qatar