Held at the Movenpick Hotel in Doha, 40 telecom officials from across the Gulf, Iran, Iraq and Yemen are attending the meeting.
Over the next five days delegates will discuss the GCC’s demand for additional FM channels, as well as the coordination of FM spectrum to ensure that radio listeners receive a clear signal and service without interference.
ictQATAR’s Regulatory Authority’s Executive Director, William Fagan, in his opening remarks welcomed the delegates to Qatar and highlighted the importance of radio broadcasting in today’s society.
“The demand for radio is still there, even in this age of television, because you can get radio anywhere, anytime,” he said.
Addressing the meeting, the GCC General Secretariat’s Technical Bureau Director, Mahmoud Sayar, said this conference was an important event for countries in the Gulf to discuss and submit their requests for additional FM channels to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The channels agreed upon by the ITU are then logged as part of the 1984 Geneva Agreement relating to the allocation of frequency and licensing.
Speaking to the media, Qatar Radio and TV Corporation’s Technical Bureau Director, Mohamed Al-Emadi, said Qatar has submitted requests to the ITU to establish 54 new FM channels, in addition to the 15 existing channels, which are currently registered with the ITU.
According to Al-Emadi, because of the limited FM spectrum the ITU is expected to agree to around 10 to 20 of Qatar’s requests for additional FM channels, which will be used for commercial use.
The first and second GCC Coordination Meeting on FM Channels were held in Muscat in 2006 and early 2008 respectively.
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