GCC-Iran sign deal over mobile spillover
Manama, March 20, 2013
GCC states and Iran have signed an agreement to control mobile services spillover, said a statement from Bahrain's Ministry of State for Communications (MoSC).
The statement also said the offices of GCC Telecom Bureau will be located in the kingdom.
The GCC-Iran agreement on the coordination of the use of specific frequency bands, for the purposes of preventing and/or solving spillover and harmful interference to the mobile service and optimizing the use of the frequency spectrum by the countries, covers 880-915 MHz, 925-960 MHz, 1 710-1 785 MHz, 1 805-1 880 MHz, 1920-1 980 MHz and 2 110-2 170 MHz, said the statement.
"Technical and administrative measures had to be adopted to resolve the interference issue in the above-mentioned frequency bands and radio services, due to special meteorological conditions in the region and radio ducting which can increase the probability of interference. At the same time, the prediction of propagation of electromagnetic waves becomes more difficult," the statement said.
Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of State for Communications, stated that this cooperation is critical for guarding the interests of consumers.
“If we don’t enact stronger cooperation in the region, Bahraini consumers who live close to borders may have their mobile phone switch over to a carrier in a neighbouring country, which means they’d be billed for long-distance rates. This agreement will help eliminate these concerns,” he said.
The permanent location of the GCC Telecom Bureau offices in Bahrain on land granted for that purpose was also announced yesterday in a meeting with the director general of the GCC Telecom Bureau, Engineer Mahmood Sayyar.
Sheikh Fawaz expressed his appreciation to His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa for the grant of land. - TradeArabia News Service