TRA accredits TAG-ORG as the 5th Arabic & .OM Accredited Domain Registrar



The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced yesterday during a press conference at the TRA office that it has accredited the 5th accredited registrar for the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of (Sultanate of Oman (.om) and the Arabic domain of Sultanate of Oman.عمان). Sulieman Al Rawahi, responsible for managing the Domain Names Department, presented a summary of the domain names registration project and reviewed the TRA's efforts in promoting the internet domain names project and developing the procedures and regulations governing the registration in the project.

Al Rawahi said " the TRA by launching this project is aiming to reflect the Omani identity and promote the Arabic content, it also aims at providing better security for domain names information as registration is carried out by accredited registrars in the Sultanate ". Al Rawahi noted that TRA had accredited four registrars at the project launch and the first phase was dedicated to government, private and community institutions. Today TRA is adding a fifth registrar by accrediting Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) in order to enhance the competitive environment which will serve the growth of domain names market and e-commerce in the Sultanate, which in return serves in boosting the knowledge society. He added “domain names are the addresses of internet websites , and these names either are Latin letters or are written in languages or scripts which do not use the Latin alphabet such as Arabic."

The TRA is adopting a Registry-Registrar Model for registering domain names, through which private companies were accredited to compete and register domain names on behalf of the TRA .

The AGIP is joining the previously Accredited Registrars: Omantel, Ooredoo, Gulf CyberTech and Oman Data Park.

During the press conference, Mahmoud Lattouf TAG-Domains Executive Director, gave a presentation on AGIP and its willingness to register internet domain names, he also offered some incentives and features for the users who are willing to register through AGIP.

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TRA Oman Participated at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015


Yousuf Al Balushi honored by ITU

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA -Oman) participated in the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC – 2015) held recently in Geneva until the twenty-seventh of this month, a delegation headed by His Excellency Dr. Hamad bin Salim Al Rawahi representatives of the Government of the Sultanate at the conference, WRC conference is to review and revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.

TRA Oman delegation held a number of meetings on the sidelines of the conference between the Sultanate's delegation and some of the participating delegations to discuss and promote cooperation in areas related to the development and support of the telecom sector, which include both the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Republic of Iran to discuss the radio-frequency interference in some operating systems, during which the third generation (3G) in the Sultanate services, has also been discussion of past coverage of the border between the Sultanate and the Republic of Iran with respect to the second and third-generation services, and interference Radio FM services in the border areas between the two countries, and reached a number of action steps in this regard to be reviewed What will be bilateral meetings during the beginning of 2016 in the Sultanate.

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TRA crowned in the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015



Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA -Oman) has made a breakthrough when the TRA Vice President for Spectrum Affairs, Engineer Yousuf Al-Balushi, was elected Vice Chairman of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) at a meeting in Geneva on Monday.

The election of an Omani Vice Chairman of the WRC-15 is an acknowledgment by countries that frequency management in the Sultanate has made great progress. It also shows that countries around the world are appreciating the knowledge and technical role that Spectrum Management Unit of TRA is contributing during world radiocommunication conferences and meetings held every three or four years. The job of WRC is to review and revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. The agenda of WRC-15 is determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous world radio communication conferences.It could also include issues determined by the ITU's Plenipotentiary conferences.

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TRA: Telecom sector activates emergency plans as tropical cyclone “Chapala” approaches



As part of efforts of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to face the adverse weather conditions and the potential damage to communications networks from the tropical cyclone Chapala that some of the Sultanate's governorates are experiencing, the TRA held a meeting with the main telecom service providers in the Sultanate : Omantel and Ooredoo. The meeting was headed by the Vice President of Regulation and Compliance Unit at the TRA . TRA Oman meeting was to activate the emergency plan to face the potential impacts from these adverse weather conditions and to review the operators' networks readiness.

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On Network Coverage and Internet Speed TRA conducts field testing to assess the performance of Mobile Phone Base Stations in Salalah



Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is carrying out a field testing campaign during this year's Khareef Season to assess the performance of mobile networks in Salalah and other tourist attractions in Dhofar Governorate. A number of TRA specialists and technicians will conduct technical and drive tests of the performance of the mobile networks of Omantel and Ooredoo. In these tests the Advanced Automated Quality Measurement System (AAQMS) will be used for the first time, which is considered a standard tool that is used worldwide to measure QoS indicators for mobile services and to collect data on signal strength and network coverage of mobile networks that use 2G, 3G or 4G.

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Reduced GCC Mobile Roaming rates starting from April, 2016

In continuation of the cooperation between the GCC regulators under the auspices of the GCC General Secretariat, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is pleased to announce that Omani citizens and residents roaming in the GCC countries will enjoy reduced roaming rates for voice calls, SMS, and mobile data services. The new rates would start from the 1st of April 2016. The new price caps for Roaming charges have been approved by the GCC Ministerial Committee for Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology during its 24th meeting held in Doha earlier this month. The reductions of roaming charges on both inter-operator wholesale level and end user retail level will take place gradually, over a three years period, for voice calls and SMS services, and over a five years period for mobile data services.

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The Sultanate Celebrates the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

In collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) and Information Technology Authority (ITA), the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) held a celebration to mark the World Telecommunication and Information Technology Day under the theme "drivers of innovation ". The celebration was held at the TRA headquarters under the auspices of His Excellency Said Bin Hamdoun Al Harthy Undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Affairs at the Ministry of Transport and and Communications. The celebration of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day coincides with the 150th anniversary of the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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TRA continues its inspection campaign in Al Dhahrah and Al Buraimi Governorates

 

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has recently launched an inspection campaign in Al Dhahrah and Al Buraimi Governorates. The inspection campaign covered all companies involved with the telecommunications sector, in particular telecom dealers selling telecom equipment, in order to ascertain their adherence to the Telecom Act and the regulations and decisions implementing its provisions. The TRA inspection team has caught a number of companies and telecom dealers in Al Dhahrah and Al Buraimi Governorates selling non type-approved telecom equipment (fake devices).

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TRA displays the Automated Spectrum Management System (ASMS)

 

As an electronic platform for the telecom operators in the Sultanate

This year at Comex 2015 the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), has set up a platform devoted to the Spectrum Management Unit (SMU). This platforms aims to highlight the role of the TRA in regulating spectrum as a scarce resource. The SMU is responsible for spectrum allocation and granting the necessary licenses for the use of the allocated and assigned radio frequencies.

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