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Advances in communications technology are limitless, but the available spectrum that makes some of these advances accessible is a finite resource. Radio stations, cell phone operators, broadcast networks and aircraft control towers need separate frequencies to operate effectively. As more technologies are introduced, the demands for radio spectrum grow and must be carefully regulated.
Bands of spectrum exist in layers, and it is the role of those who regulate radio spectrum to allocate frequencies so technologies and devices using radio spectrum can operate without interference. As the regulatory authority body that monitors access to spectrum, ictQATAR’s role is to carefully balance public and commercial interests in deciding allocation and assignment.
To meet this goal, ictQATAR developed a proposed National Frequency Allocation Plan, and completed a public review of its policy for allocating and assigning radio spectrum in 2010. The policy will be implemented from 2011 onwards, and will ensure that the following objectives are met: