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5G private mobile networks’ implementation in the state of Qatar is now subject to public consultation.

With the emerging market needs of businesses and government entities in the GCC country, the Communication Regulatory Authority (CRA) now consults with stakeholders on how to facilitate the best use of 5G technology in private mobile networks. This will support the development of digital government and the growth of the national economy.

As per the consultation document, there are a number of different alternative options for the implementation of 5G private mobile networks, which are also being considered by regulators and policymakers in other countries.

The first option considers having the 5G private mobile network provisioned entirely by a public mobile operator. Through network slicing, this option could also support a hybrid arrangement, making it less demanding for enterprises.

In parallel, CRA also presented the possibility of having entirely self-provisioned 5G private mobile networks. These will be configured to align with the enterprise’s specific requirements, in terms of performance and coverage. If this will prevail, CRA would issue spectrum licenses to the eligible enterprises that wish to establish and operate their own 5G private mobile networks.

Lastly, a dedicated 5G private mobile network service provider could also be licensed. Stakeholders and interested parties are invited to provide their views and comments within a month’s time, as the deadline to respond to this consultation is on July 21, 2022.

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