Within its mandate stipulated in the Telecommunications Law, the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) issued yesterday a Class License for Wireless Home Area Networks (WHANs), which is granted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3 of Decree Law No. (34) of 2006 on the promulgation of the Telecommunications Law and its amendments, to a specific category of service providers and applies to any person in this category without having to request this License.
This Class License issued by CRA relates to wireless networks that facilitate communication between group of devices and equipment inside or near the home. Devices and equipment that are covered in this Class License include, but are not limited to, clock devices, speakers and home theater systems, lighting control systems, doorbell control systems, security cameras and monitoring systems, window and window blinds systems, cooling, air conditioning and water heating systems inside the home, kitchen appliances, meter reading systems, and many other devices and equipment
In this context, Mohammed Ali Al Mannai, President of CRA, said: "we are pleased to develop this Class License for WHANs as a new regulatory instrument. This, for sure, will provide the additional capabilities required to improve the quality of life inside the home in a variety of ways. There are many wireless devices and equipment inside each home, and these devices often gain enhanced emergent capabilities through their ability to interact, and therefore these capabilities can be used to improve personal productivity, automate of repetitive tasks, enhance home security, and ease access to entertainment".
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