The ‎ Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is the Communications Regulator in the state of Qatar established by virtue of Emiri Decree (42) in 2014. The CRA regulates the Telecommunications and Information Technology sector, postal services, access to digital media and spectrum. The CRA encourages and supports an open and competitive Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector that provides advanced, innovative, and reliable communications services. Balancing the rights of consumers with the needs of service providers is at the heart of everything the CRA does.

Public Consultation on the Definition of the Relevant Cost of Capital

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ictQATAR Issues Public Consultation on Cost of Capital for the purpose of Regulatory Accounting.

The Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) has published a public consultation on the definition of the relevant Cost of Capital for the purposes of Regulatory Accounting.

As the dominant service provider in Qatar, Qtel is under the obligation to develop a Regulatory Accounting System (RAS). The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is an important input factor in the development of the RAS.

The WACC defines the fair profit margin that an operator should obtain from its investment in the business. A fair profit margin provides the operator with sufficient funds to cover its costs, while encouraging additional investment. Pricing services that include fair and efficient costs, including an accurate WACC, encourages competition and growth in the market.

Licensed telecommunications operators and other interested parties are invited to respond to the public consultation via email at rschnepfleitner@ict.gov.qa. Inquiries for clarification can also be sent to the same email address. The deadline for submission of comments is July 9, 2011.