Public Consultation on Draft Decision in Regard to Dealing with Telecom Equipment & Activities

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) invites all interested parties for their views and comments on the new draft decision on dealing with telecommunications equipment and activities, which is published in TRA website www.tra.gov.om. TRA seeks through the Public Consultation to give a chance to all stakeholders and interested parties to give their views and comments on the new decisions which aim to regulate the telecom sector.

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Public consultation on opening registration for domain names under the top levels(.om) and (.عمان)

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announces that it is in the process of studying the policy of registering internet domain names for individuals, as the TRA has already launched the first phase of internet domain names administration project which was confined to institutions.

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Public Consultatoin on Special Numbers Auctions

In Oman the allocation of all telephone numbers to network operators and to end customers is under the TRA. Currently, telecommunication operators are allocated number blocks for onward assignment to users. This is a responsibility delegated by the TRA to operators for administrative purposes. Although the current system is equitable in that numbers are assigned to the end customers more or less at random, except in special circumstances where a more attractive (easy to remember) number is desirable for access to public and private services lines, the assignment process lacks transparency and does not offer a choice of number to most of the customers.

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Consultation Document – Telecom Licensing Framework

Proposals for a New Licensing Framework for Telecommunications in Oman

The TRA has embarked on an initiative to review the current licensing framework in order to identify and remove barriers of entry and enhance the level of competition in the telecommunications sector. The overall objective of the new Licensing Framework is to facilitate the realization of the following broad requirements:

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Competition Framework – Second Public Consultation

Comments on comments phase on the responses provided by stakeholders on the “Analysis and Recommendations for Market Definitions, Dominance and related Regulations” report

The main objective of liberalization is to promote competition which is believed to deliver better services in terms of price and quality. In order to maintain an effectively competitive environment and to provide necessary safeguard from the abuse of dominance the TRA has devised Competition Framework for Telecom sector of Oman based on Ex-ante and Ex-post Regulations and Guidelines. The TRA has recently issued The Ex-ante Regulation (The Regulation of Dominance) and the Market Definition and Dominance Guidelines after carrying out extensive public consultation process.

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Public Consultation on Internal Cabling Guidelines

The cabling guidelines set the functional requirements desired on the space and facilities required to enhance the range and/or quality of the telecommunication services that need to be provided in buildings by the licensed Service Providers. The functional requirements recommendations laid down in these guidelines are based on existing technology standards, service requirements and other relevant conditions. As such standards, service requirements and other conditions may change in line with technological advancements and differences in service demands. TRA reserves the right to revise, amend, and modify these guidelines from time to time.

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Public Consultation on Web Based Services Regulation

Many stakeholders are involved in the use of Internet. Web hosting companies usually provide space in their servers to host websites’ contents. Website owners upload their content online.

ISPs provide the access and delivery mechanism to the end-users. End-users access online contents except for chat rooms, emails and forum, where end-users upload content themselves. In this chain, different stakeholders have different interests, and responsibilities. It may be noted that some contents are either uploaded or accessed by entities/person outside the jurisdiction of Oman.

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Public Consultation on Analysis and Recommendations for Market Definitions, Dominance and related Regulation

The main objective of liberalization is to promote competition which is believed to deliver better services in terms of price and quality.
In order to maintain an effectively competitive environment and to provide necessary safeguard from the abuse of dominance the TRA has set a competition framework based on Ex-ante and Ex-post Regulations and Guidelines for the Telecommunications Sector of Oman.

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