MANAMA: The National Frequency Plan, based on the findings of the World Radio Conference (WRC-19) and the needs of the telecommunications and information sector in Bahrain, has been approved by the Spectrum Strategy and Coordination Committee.

The announcement follows a meeting of the committee held remotely and attended by representatives of nine entities, under the chairmanship of Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) chief executive Mohammed Al Qaed.

Despite the current challenging circumstances, the committee has continued to work towards streamlining frequency spectrum-related services, developing policies for planning and distributing resources to better serve the Government Action Plan.

Bahrain is one of the first Arab countries to adopt a four-year plan in line with global and local requirements.

National plans such as these contain essential spectrum management guidelines required for the sector to thrive.

Organised frequency distributions allow for greater flexibility in assignment of frequencies, keeping pace with rapid development within the sector and meeting current and future needs.

The committee also approved new maritime radio service regulations better aligned with recent global radiocommunications and maritime radio navigation developments.

The protection of maritime radiocommunication frequencies and radio navigation is ensured through provisions in the Radio Regulations (RR) of the International Telecommunication Union.

Accordingly, it is necessary for governments to issue regulations on the use and interoperability of marine equipment.

The two documents will offer a clear and transparent guide for radiocommunication sector manufacturers and investors, with guidelines aimed at regulating the sector and supporting the national economy.

The committee also discussed national telecommunications services regulatory frameworks and related legislation, in addition to machine-to-machine applications and Internet of Things – within the frequency bands used for terrestrial and satellite services, noting the importance of studying emerging technologies and working on a national strategy that contributes to the creation of a regulatory framework that meets the requirements of all stakeholders.

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