Issuance and renewal of radio licenses

During 2012, the TRA issued 23,686 Radio Licenses of which 2,428 are new radio licenses and 21,258 were renewed. The total number canceled was 3,066 excluding temporary licenses. The number of new Frequency assignments made was 4,396. The table below shows the figures in detail across a 3 year span from 2010 till 2012.

The information provided below are the proper steps and procedures for Radio Licensing.

Radio Licensing Procedure

Each request for a frequency allocation for each location must be submitted as a new application with a fee of RO50.

Below are guidelines for the steps of the application process.

Initial application

  1. An application fee of RO50 is required for every new application for each frequency allocation for each location. This payment needs to be paid in advance before submitting the application to the TRA and it is non-refundable.
  2. Formal letter stating the purpose of use must be enclosed with the application form for the use and registration of any radio communications equipment.
  3. The required use shall be matched with the uses of the national frequency allocations table of the Sultanate of Oman.
  4. TRA will ensure that the requested frequency assignment(s) do not interfere with the licensed frequency assignments and will undertake national and international co-ordination or mediation if required.
  5. Upon the successful completion of steps 3 and 4, an advisory note of the frequency assignment registration and spectrum utilisation fees will be sent for payment. A copy of the fee deposit vouchers certified by the bank must be sent to TRA. In the case that the equipment planned for use has not been approved by the TRA, the applicant will be required to obtain the type approval certificate of the required radio equipment.

Provisional approval

On completion of the initial application, TRA will issue its provisional approval of the type of the required equipment as well as the frequency and the service.
No provisional approval will be issued before payment of the fees for frequency assignment registration and spectrum utilisation has been made. The operator must also be in possession of a type approval for the radio equipment before provisional approval is granted.

Provisional approval is a temporary status; it is valid for three months only and is not recognised for equipment operation. The Authority may, based on a substantiated request, approve an extension of provisional approval for a further three months. During this period, the applicant is able to continue with equipment purchase or importation procedures.

On the importation of equipment, a customs release letter can be obtained after filling the necessary form through the Type Approval and Authorisation Department.

Final stage

On receipt of equipment, the serial numbers of the equipment items must be submitted to the TRA along with the necessary delivery notes or releases from customs in order to obtain a radio equipment licence.

After receiving the information required above, the radio equipment licence will be issued to the user with effect from the date of purchase of the equipment from the TRA-registered radio equipment dealers, or from the date of entry of the equipment at the Omani border in the case the equipment is imported from outside Oman.

Radio equipment licenses are issued solely by TRA and must be renewed annually. Licensees must adhere to the licence conditions, the provisions of the Telecommunications Regulatory Act 2002 and its amendments and all the Executive Regulations and the Decisions and Guidelines issued by TRA.

Renewal, cancellation and retention of licences are also possible, and can be completed through the following processes.

Radio equipment licence renewal:The licensee must submit an application to renew their radio equipment licence to the TRA in sufficient advance of the expiry date of the licence.The licence will be renewed providing all conditions, standards and procedures set by the TRA have been fully adhered to. TRA will then issue the advice for payment of the renewal fees. They should be paid within one month from the expiry date of the licence. The penalties will be charged for any delay in the payment of the fees as 5% of the fees value for each month of delay up to twelve months. If no payment is made during this period, the licence will be revoked and the radio equipment will be seized and the legal actions stipulated in the Act will be taken.

The licence validity period is one full calendar year (12 months) and may be extended for a maximum period of 5 years based on the licensee’s request provided that the spectrum utilisation fee for the requested period is paid in advance.Any unauthorised use of the radio spectrum is a violation of the provisions of the Telecommunications Regulatory Act and will be liable to the punishment set out therein.

Radio equipment licence cancellation: Licensees must submit an official letter requesting the cancellation of a valid radio equipment licence to the TRA and attach a proof of advance payment of cancellation fees of OMR 25 per licence to be cancelled.TRA will then cancel the radio equipment licences and the licensee must dispose of the cancelled radio equipment within six months of cancellation.

  • By selling or relinquishing the equipment to another licensee or dealer registered with TRA after obtaining TRA approval.
  • By exporting them abroad and showing the supporting documents of the customs authorities.
  • By surrendering them to TRA where they will become a property of TRA, and cannot be claimed thereafter.

Radio equipment retention: The licensee must send a formal letter requesting to retain the idle radio equipment. The licensee must have a valid radio licence and attach a proof of advance payment for the retention fees of OMR 25 per equipment to be retained. TRA will then issue a licence for the retained radio equipment.The maximum period for retaining the radio equipment is three years and the licensee must pay the retention fees every year. After three years, the licensee shall either reuse the equipment or cancel the licence with the obligation to pay all fees incurred.

In some circumstances, an amendment to a licence can be obtained to allow for a change in circumstance for the licence and / or licensee.

Licensees must fill the forms for each service amendment of the radio licence and enclose it along with a formal letter explaining the required amendment. The amendment requests may include the following:

Frequency and Location Modification:

  1. Payment of application non-refundable fees of RO. 50 for each frequency and location.
  2. The requested usage will be verified against the usages of Oman national frequency spectrum plan.
  3. TRA will ensure that the requested frequencies do not interfere with the licensed usages and will undertake local and international co-ordination if required.
  4. On successful completion of these steps, TRA will issue an advice for payment for the required fees for the requested modification. A copy of the fees deposit receipt certified by the bank must be sent to TRA.
  5. A radio licence amended with the new frequency or the new location will be issued and it will be valid to operate and use the equipment.

Class of Emission and Radiated Power Modification:

  1. If the licensee requests an increase in the class of emission or radiated power, it will be considered as a new application requiring payment of all the consequent fees payable for registration and usage of new radio frequencies. An advice for payment for the applicable fees will be sent for payment purposes. A copy of the fees deposit receipt, certified by the bank shall be sent to TRA.
  2. If the licensee requests a decrease in the class of emission or radiated power, an advance payment of OMR 15 per licence to be modified is payable. A copy of the fees deposit receipt certified by the bank must be sent to TRA. The amended radio licence will be issued after confirmation of payment of the applicable advance modification fees.

Replacement of the radio equipment:

  1. If the licensee requests replacement of radio equipment, an advance payment of OMR 15 per licence to be modified is payable. A copy of the fees deposit receipt, certified by the bank must be sent to TRA.
  2. TRA will issue a Provisional Approval for the equipment intended for use in order to facilitate importation of the equipment. The provisional approval will be issued after receipt of the full modification fees. The applicant must then obtain the type approval certificate for the required equipment in the case that they are not type approved by TRA. Request for release of equipment upon arrival in Oman may be obtained after filling the form required for this purpose in coordination with the Type Approval and Authorisation Department.
  3. The amended licences for radio equipment are granted only by the TRA after the receipt of delivery notes or releases from customs in addition to serial numbers of the radio equipment.

Administrative Details Modification:

  1. If a request is made to amend administrative details, an advance payment of OMR 15 per licence to be modified is payable. A copy of the fees payment deposit, certified by the bank must be sent to TRA.
  2. A licence with the requested amendment will be issued after confirmation of payment of applicable modification fees.
  3. The licensee shall return the original old licence in all modification requests cases, as the new license will be issued in all such cases, with the exception of in a cancellation.
  4. Issuance and renewal of radio licenses

    During 2012, the TRA issued 23,686 Radio Licenses of which 2,428 are new radio licenses and 21,258 were renewed. The total number canceled was 3,066 excluding temporary licenses. The number of new Frequency assignments made was 4,396. The table below shows the figures in detail across a 3 year span from 2010 till 2012.

    The information provided below are the proper steps and procedures for Radio Licensing.

    Radio Licensing Procedure

    Each request for a frequency allocation for each location must be submitted as a new application with a fee of RO50.

    Below are guidelines for the steps of the application process. Initial application

    1. An application fee of RO50 is required for every new application for each frequency allocation for each location. This payment needs to be paid in advance before submitting the application to the TRA and it is non-refundable.
    2. Formal letter stating the purpose of use must be enclosed with the application form for the use and registration of any radio communications equipment.
    3. The required use shall be matched with the uses of the national frequency allocations table of the Sultanate of Oman.
    4. TRA will ensure that the requested frequency assignment(s) do not interfere with the licensed frequency assignments and will undertake national and international co-ordination or mediation if required.
    5. Upon the successful completion of steps 3 and 4, an advisory note of the frequency assignment registration and spectrum utilisation fees will be sent for payment. A copy of the fee deposit vouchers certified by the bank must be sent to TRA. In the case that the equipment planned for use has not been approved by the TRA, the applicant will be required to obtain the type approval certificate of the required radio equipment.
    6. Provisional approval

      On completion of the initial application, TRA will issue its provisional approval of the type of the required equipment as well as the frequency and the service.
      No provisional approval will be issued before payment of the fees for frequency assignment registration and spectrum utilisation has been made. The operator must also be in possession of a type approval for the radio equipment before provisional approval is granted.

      Provisional approval is a temporary status; it is valid for three months only and is not recognised for equipment operation. The Authority may, based on a substantiated request, approve an extension of provisional approval for a further three months. During this period, the applicant is able to continue with equipment purchase or importation procedures.

      On the importation of equipment, a customs release letter can be obtained after filling the necessary form through the Type Approval and Authorisation Department.

      Final stage

      On receipt of equipment, the serial numbers of the equipment items must be submitted to the TRA along with the necessary delivery notes or releases from customs in order to obtain a radio equipment licence.

      After receiving the information required above, the radio equipment licence will be issued to the user with effect from the date of purchase of the equipment from the TRA-registered radio equipment dealers, or from the date of entry of the equipment at the Omani border in the case the equipment is imported from outside Oman.

      Radio equipment licenses are issued solely by TRA and must be renewed annually. Licensees must adhere to the licence conditions, the provisions of the Telecommunications Regulatory Act 2002 and its amendments and all the Executive Regulations and the Decisions and Guidelines issued by TRA.

      Renewal, cancellation and retention of licences are also possible, and can be completed through the following processes.

      Radio equipment licence renewal:The licensee must submit an application to renew their radio equipment licence to the TRA in sufficient advance of the expiry date of the licence.The licence will be renewed providing all conditions, standards and procedures set by the TRA have been fully adhered to. TRA will then issue the advice for payment of the renewal fees. They should be paid within one month from the expiry date of the licence. The penalties will be charged for any delay in the payment of the fees as 5% of the fees value for each month of delay up to twelve months. If no payment is made during this period, the licence will be revoked and the radio equipment will be seized and the legal actions stipulated in the Act will be taken.

      The licence validity period is one full calendar year (12 months) and may be extended for a maximum period of 5 years based on the licensee’s request provided that the spectrum utilisation fee for the requested period is paid in advance.Any unauthorised use of the radio spectrum is a violation of the provisions of the Telecommunications Regulatory Act and will be liable to the punishment set out therein.

      Radio equipment licence cancellation: Licensees must submit an official letter requesting the cancellation of a valid radio equipment licence to the TRA and attach a proof of advance payment of cancellation fees of OMR 25 per licence to be cancelled.TRA will then cancel the radio equipment licences and the licensee must dispose of the cancelled radio equipment within six months of cancellation.

      • By selling or relinquishing the equipment to another licensee or dealer registered with TRA after obtaining TRA approval.
      • By exporting them abroad and showing the supporting documents of the customs authorities.
      • By surrendering them to TRA where they will become a property of TRA, and cannot be claimed thereafter.

      Radio equipment retention: The licensee must send a formal letter requesting to retain the idle radio equipment. The licensee must have a valid radio licence and attach a proof of advance payment for the retention fees of OMR 25 per equipment to be retained. TRA will then issue a licence for the retained radio equipment.The maximum period for retaining the radio equipment is three years and the licensee must pay the retention fees every year. After three years, the licensee shall either reuse the equipment or cancel the licence with the obligation to pay all fees incurred.

      In some circumstances, an amendment to a licence can be obtained to allow for a change in circumstance for the licence and / or licensee.

      Licensees must fill the forms for each service amendment of the radio licence and enclose it along with a formal letter explaining the required amendment. The amendment requests may include the following:

      Frequency and Location Modification:

      1. Payment of application non-refundable fees of RO. 50 for each frequency and location.
      2. The requested usage will be verified against the usages of Oman national frequency spectrum plan.
      3. TRA will ensure that the requested frequencies do not interfere with the licensed usages and will undertake local and international co-ordination if required.
      4. On successful completion of these steps, TRA will issue an advice for payment for the required fees for the requested modification. A copy of the fees deposit receipt certified by the bank must be sent to TRA.
      5. A radio licence amended with the new frequency or the new location will be issued and it will be valid to operate and use the equipment.

      Class of Emission and Radiated Power Modification:

      1. If the licensee requests an increase in the class of emission or radiated power, it will be considered as a new application requiring payment of all the consequent fees payable for registration and usage of new radio frequencies. An advice for payment for the applicable fees will be sent for payment purposes. A copy of the fees deposit receipt, certified by the bank shall be sent to TRA.
      2. If the licensee requests a decrease in the class of emission or radiated power, an advance payment of OMR 15 per licence to be modified is payable. A copy of the fees deposit receipt certified by the bank must be sent to TRA. The amended radio licence will be issued after confirmation of payment of the applicable advance modification fees.

      Replacement of the radio equipment:

      1. If the licensee requests replacement of radio equipment, an advance payment of OMR 15 per licence to be modified is payable. A copy of the fees deposit receipt, certified by the bank must be sent to TRA.
      2. TRA will issue a Provisional Approval for the equipment intended for use in order to facilitate importation of the equipment. The provisional approval will be issued after receipt of the full modification fees. The applicant must then obtain the type approval certificate for the required equipment in the case that they are not type approved by TRA. Request for release of equipment upon arrival in Oman may be obtained after filling the form required for this purpose in coordination with the Type Approval and Authorisation Department.
      3. The amended licences for radio equipment are granted only by the TRA after the receipt of delivery notes or releases from customs in addition to serial numbers of the radio equipment.

      Administrative Details Modification:

      1. If a request is made to amend administrative details, an advance payment of OMR 15 per licence to be modified is payable. A copy of the fees payment deposit, certified by the bank must be sent to TRA.
      2. A licence with the requested amendment will be issued after confirmation of payment of applicable modification fees.
      3. The licensee shall return the original old licence in all modification requests cases, as the new license will be issued in all such cases, with the exception of in a cancellation.