CRA issues 159 written violation notices to telecommunications shops

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) in Qatar recently concluded the first round of inspections of shops selling telecommunications devices and equipment. 

The agency issued a total of 159 written violation notices, according to an announcement.

The inspection occurred between April 16 and April 26. The CRA issued violations for a range of activities, most notably selling mobile phones without licenses. Qatari companies must acquire the proper prior approvals from CRA before importing radio and telecommunications devices. These licenses include import authorization licenses, type approval certificates and customs clearance certificates.

“These routine inspections are an important part of ensuring that consumers get certified telecommunications devices from licensed shops; consumers may lose their rights if they buy telecommunications devices and equipment from unlicensed shops,” Faisal Al-Shuaibi, CRA’s official spokesperson, said in the announcement. “These campaigns helps CRA to detect some uncertified devices that are sold through licensed shops. On the other hand, CRA conducts such campaigns to ensure compliance with the Telecommunications Law. Under the Law, the import and sale of radio and telecommunications equipment requires a prior authorization from CRA.”

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