In 2012, the TRA extended its participation in various international events, some of which are mentioned below:

ITU’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

TRA celebrated the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) in conjunction with the Information Technology Authority (ITA), and the Ministry of Transport & Communication (MOTC). Under the ITU’s 2012 WTISD theme “"Women and Girls in ICT". The Sultanate’s accomplishments in the ICT field were highlighted. The event was held under the auspices of Her Highness Dr. Mona bint Fahad Al-Said, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for External Co-operation at Sultan Qaboos University.

1st Meeting of the GCC Working Group to prepare for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15)

TRA hosted representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s telecom ministries and regulatory authorities in Salalah to prepare for the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) during which the Sultanate submitted proposals on the preparatory plan for the conference proceedings as well as the work mechanism for the GCC Working Group. The event was held under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Hamed bin Salim Al Rawahi, Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue (GRID 2012)

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue (GRID 2012) took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2 to 3 October 2012 as a major event of the Global Symposium for Regulators.

The GRID is a result of the ITU’s decision to reform the Global Industry Leaders Forum to further strengthen the dialogue between industry and regulatory agencies. The newly created Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue (GRID or Global Dialogue) is now an integral part of the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) and it takes place during the first two days of the GSR, which are therefore open to both regulators, policy-makers and industry representatives.

The GRID a neutral platform for ITU-D Sector Members to share their views with policy makers and regulators on major issues facing the ICT sector, with a particular emphasis on reducing barriers to ICT investment in developing and least developed countries.

TRA’s participation in the Global ICT Industry Leaders Forum consisted of a high-level delegation led by TRA Chief Executive Dr. Hamed bin Salim Al-Rawahi.

ITU’s Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR)

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s 10th Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-12) took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2 to 4 October 2012. The GSR is an annual event bringing together heads of national regulatory authorities from both developed and developing countries. The GSR-12 theme in 2012 was, ‘‘Why Regulate in a Networked Society?” and at the close of the symposium endorsed best practice guidelines designed to provide a framework for innovation, investment and competition in cloud infrastructure and services while at the same time ensuring protection of consumer interests. Topics discussed at the symposium included the following: implementing broadband strategies, net neutrality, international roaming, cybersecurity, new partnership models to promote investment in new network infrastructure, spectrum policies, cloud computing, online safety with a focus on data protection and privacy, international and regional IP interconnection, as well as public-private-partnerships to foster investment and deployment of broadband NGN networks.

TRA’s participation in the Global ICT Industry Leaders Forum consisted of a high-level delegation led by TRA Chief Executive Dr. Hamed bin Salim Al-Rawahi.

ITU’s Telecom World

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s Telecom World took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 14 - 18 October. ITU Telecom World 2012 brought together Heads of State, Government & international organizations together with company CEOs, mayors of top cities, thought leaders, innovators, researchers and more and provided a platform to network, share knowledge, seek solutions to global challenges to discuss the radical transformation of the ICT industry - and the implications for policy, regulation and competitive strategy. A central theme that emerged was “Change, its challenges and opportunities”.

TRA’s participation in the Global ICT Industry Leaders Forum consisted of a high-level delegation led by TRA Chief Executive Dr. Hamed bin Salim Al-Rawahi.

ITU’s World Conference on International Telecommunication Regulations (WCIT)

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s World Conference on International Telecommunication Regulations (WCIT) took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 3-14 December 2012. ITU WCIT 2012 reviewed the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.

The treaty sets out general principles for assuring the free flow of information around the world, promoting affordable and equitable access for all and laying the foundation for ongoing innovation and market growth. The ITRs were last negotiated in Melbourne, Australia in 1988, and there is broad consensus that the text now needs to be updated to reflect the dramatically different information and communication technology (ICT) landscape of the 21st century.