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Safeguarding the interest of users and enabling of access to emerging technology and services are key inputs to TRA in approving the type of equipment deployed in the networks. To meet this objective, the equipment and devices are checked for their authenticity and performance supported by test results carried out by internationally approved laboratories. Type approval ensures elimination of fake devices that may produce radio electromagnetic radiation that could be harmful to the users.

Type Approval Objectives

The type approval regime in the Sultanate of Oman has been designed with the following objectives in mind:
  • Safety and non-interference:
    • To ensure the safety of consumers, the operators’ networks and operators’ staff
    • To ensure that electromagnetic interference is kept to a tolerably low level
    • To ensure that the radio spectrum is used in accordance with the appropriate spectrum plan
  • Quality and performance:
    • To promote the quality, diversity and cost effectiveness of equipment available to consumers while minimising consumer and network operator issues due to equipment incompatible with networks in Oman
    • To provide clear guidance for consumers so that they may make informed buying decisions, advising consumers about equipment unsuitable for their needs and which may be incompatible with the network
    • To provide clear guidance for retailers so that they may avoid selling incompatible equipment
  • Other objectives:
    • To facilitate the work of customs officers in deciding what may or may not be imported into the Sultanate of Oman
    • To provide as effective as possible a system for addressing problems caused by unsuitable or incompatible equipment
    • Tomaintain a flexible system which is adaptable to circumstances
    • To be open, fair and objective

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