(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) on Sunday announced that all applications for import authorisation of telecommunications and radio equipment to businesses in Qatar will be processed through the Qatar Government Portal € Hukoomi.
The initiative is part of the Digital Government initiative. CRA authorisation is necessary for sale of cellular phones and private mobile radio devices. The required approvals and relevant documents such as licenses and certificates are granted after careful evaluation of the applications received through the Hukoomi portal.
CRA has encouraged all applicants to take the above decision into consideration while submitting future import authorisation applications. To ensure a smooth transition, CRA will also accept submissions manually until end of February 2016. After the two-month grace period is over, the applications will be exclusively processed digitally.
For clarifications and more information, applicants may call Communications Regulatory Authority Hotline 103, visit the Government Contact Centre at Al Nasr Tower B, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Through this decision, CRA intends to enhance the existing application process, and make it more convenient and practical for Qatar residents. Hukoomi is the centralised digital platform for residents to access public e-services offered by different Government entities.
The CRA is the communications regulator in Qatar established by virtue of Emiri Decree (42) in 2014. CRA regulates the communications & information technology sector, postal services, and access to digital media.
CRA uses its regulatory powers mandated by the Emiri decree to protect consumer rights, ensure competition, manage the resolution of disputes, and manage the electromagnetic spectrum. In all its activities, the CRA seeks to ensure the provision of advanced, innovative and reliable ICT and postal services across Qatar.