The dynamism of the telecommunications and Postal sectors being what it is, TRA is keenly aware of the importance of keeping up with the developments on a global level. As such, TRA is actively involved in various aspects related to international telecommunications.
TRA is dynamically engaged in both the international and regional levels in telecommunications development and continues to develop ties with its fellow regulators, and builds on strengthening bilateral relationships with regional authorities as well as other related bodies.
The TRA is a sector member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in all three sectors; radio communication, telecommunication standardization and telecommunication development. The TRA is also a member of the Arab Regulators Network of Telecommunication & Information Technologies (ARNET), GSM Association, Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD), the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) in The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Regional Internet Registry for Europe Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC).
The 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications
We participated in the 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications which was held in Kuwait from 26-28 January 2016. Issues of high importance on how information and communication technology can implement the Sendai Declaration adopted by the United Nations Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.
The event provided an opportunity for policy makers and other participants to debate and adopt concrete strategies on how effective disaster risk reduction and management supported by information and communication technology can contribute in Disaster Risk Reduction. TRA presented Role of ICTs in Disaster Risk Reduction. The presentation provided information on Oman Experience on Telecommunication Emergency Plan.
Telecom Forum: Law, Regulation and Enforcement
In support of the telecommunications industry institutions and private enterprises, we hosted a three-day Telecom Laws & Regulations Forum from 9th-11th February 2016. A group of experts and representatives of the telecommunication industry participated in the forum.
The forum discussed a number of key themes including: The international agreements regulating the telecommunications services, Technical and legal framework of the telecom services license, Regulation and protection versus promotion of competition, Access disputes and open access polices and License compliance and remedies in the event of noncompliance.
In addition, the forum discussed the non-compliance with license conditions and enforcement; civil liability of telecommunications companies for their technical work; damages and compensation under civil and criminal law in the case of cyber-crime; and telecom network damages and compensation.
MOU with Jordan
In April 2016, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jordon with aims to promote the development of cooperation in matters of mutual interest through the exchange of ideas, information, personnel, skills and experience which will be of reciprocal benefit to both Parties, in the field of regulating the telecommunication and postal sectors. The MOUs signed so far has reached 4.
Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR16)
TRA participated in the 16th edition of the ITU Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-16) held in Sharm Al Sheik, Egypt in May 11-14, 2016 in presence of more than 500 participants from more than 70 countries around the world, including various stakeholders from the world's information and communication technology (ICT) regulatory authorities and leading technology companies. The theme of GSR-16 was: “Be Empowered, Be Included! Building Blocks for Smart Societies in a Connected World”. The symposium focused on a wide range of issues, including artificial intelligence; the 'Internet of Things' and M2M communications; new digital platforms; privacy, trust and cybersecurity; and digital entrepreneurship.
The 26th Universal Postal Congress
The Universal Postal Congress is the supreme authority of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). It brings together plenipotentiaries of the Union's 192 countries every four years to discuss the state of the global postal sector and decide on its future.
In September 2016, TRA participated in the 26th Universal Postal Congress, hosted by PTT cooperation, under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime affairs and Communications, and the event took place in Istanbul, Turkey. 2,000 representatives from 155 countries participated in the congress, where they discussed more than 450 proposals. Some of the major proposals by TRA that were adopted are as follows:
• New Convention article 20bis specifying custom clearance procedures.
• Congress resolution instructing the UPU to work with the World Customs Organisation to develop improved, non-discriminatory customs procedures for packages.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s Regional Forum on ICT Measurements
We participated in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s Regional Forum on ICT Measurements that took place in the United Arab Emirates during the period 13-15 December 2016. The aim of which was to strengthen the capacity of countries in the region in developing national statistics and indicators and targeted officials responsible for the collection and production of ICT Statistics. At the invitation of the ITU, we presented Oman’s experiences relating to coordination issues between producers and users of data. Moreover, we highlighted the inherent challenges related to coordination between producers and users of data, how they were addressed as well as improvements that may be implemented in the future to strengthen the link between producers and users of data.ITU website