Access Alert: Saudi Arabia launches consultation on spectrum management

Access Alert: Saudi Arabia launches consultation on spectrum management

Continuing the efforts carried out by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CST) to improve Saudi Arabia’s regulatory framework and open its market to foreign companies, the regulator has recently released a consultation on the new regulations for the use of radio spectrum for satellite services.

In the “Regulations for the use of radio spectrum for satellite services”, CST proposes its new regulatory framework governing the use of spectrum for satellite communications in the Kingdom for the coming years.

The topics outlined in the consultation will determine key aspects, including frequency licensing requirements, technical standards, fee structures, and more. Notably, rules are defined for the procedures to obtain both network and individual licenses, while alignment with ITU definitions and recommendations is part of the intended changes. Overall, the proposed changes embrace a technology-neutral approach, paving the way for innovative applications to flourish.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is looking to foster innovation and investments, and contributions to the consultation from the industry are encouraged to ensure the final regulations account for operational needs and future technology plans. By submitting this document to the public view and scrutiny, CST is trying to include the views and needs of private sector and those who would have to comply with it. Therefore, this is a chance for companies to advocate for a favourable policy environment that enables growth and innovation for their current and future business plans and models.

The deadline to participate in this consultation is 30 April 2024. If you are interested in learning more about the new regulatory framework in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and would like support responding to this consultation, please contact Juliana Ramirez at [email protected] or Sofia Tirini at [email protected].

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