ARC grants radio spectrum to media and broadcasters for World Cup

Doha: The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has granted all broadcast and media rights holders the radio spectrum that enables more than 3.5 billion expected viewers to tune in to unique official coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on TV, digital platforms and public screens.

The tournament’s spectrum management service provider, CRA, has engaged with 120 media rights holders and media agencies over the past few months, in addition to 59 host country broadcasters, other non-licensed media agencies rights, press and photography.

In addition, the CRA has allocated over 2,900 radio frequencies to all parties.

CRA also provided the spectrum needs of the country’s crucial sectors, such as the military, security, commercial and other sectors; in turn benefiting the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and its contractors, service providers, commercial affiliates and broadcasters.

CRA has met FIFA’s spectrum requirements to enable the use of football technology and innovation, which will play a vital role in match management and analysis. Among these technologies is semi-automated offside technology, which will be used as technology adopted by FIFA for the first time in World Cup history to help determine offside cases.

Additionally, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will be used for the second time in World Cup history, and Goal-Line (GLT) technology will be used for the third time. Additionally, live player and ball tracking technology will be used in the tournament, in addition to wireless communication technology between referees, which all require their own radio frequencies which have been allocated by the ARC to be used exclusively for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. .

All matters relating to the use of radio spectrum in Qatar are governed and managed by ARC. The ARC is the responsible authority for the development of a comprehensive spectrum plan for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, in accordance with Decree Law No. (34) of 2006, promulgating the Law on Telecommunications as amended by Act No. (17) of 2017, and the Telecommunications Act. Stopped.

This responsibility is part of the guarantee provided by the Government of Qatar to FIFA in support of Qatar’s bid to host this event.

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