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The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) is an independent public authority established under Federal Law by Decree No. 3 of 2003, to oversee the telecommunications sector and all Licensees of the UAE.

TDRA Type Approval is the term for the process of determining and registering the kind of equipment that can be brought and used in UAE without causing interference or long or short-term damage to the network. Also, it is the requirement for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) to comply with specific technical standards. Such equipment must be registered with TDRA before it can be used, sold or distributed in the UAE.

Functions of TDRA

TDRA is entrusted with a wide range of responsibilities related to the telecommunications and Information Technology Sector, both within and outside the UAE. It is also responsible for representing the UAE in various international forums, since it has been elected to the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of the UN, and is a member in the Arab Regulators Network (AREGNET), the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) and the GCC Telecommunications Office. TDRA activities in the UAE may be summarized as follows:

  • Overseeing the telecommunications sector and licensees to provide telecommunications services
  • Monitoring competition in the telecom sector
  • Approving telecom equipments
  • Developing and implementing the National Numbering Plan, the National Spectrum Plan and the Number Portability Policy
  • Coordinating issues related to radio frequency at the national, regional and international levels
  • Managing the Internet Networks, including managing of the National Domain Name (.aeDA), the IP addresses assignments and managements, and producing the Internet Access Management (IAM)
  • Managing radio frequency
  • Issuing the required authorizations to use spectrum frequency and wireless equipments
  • Issuing regulations and policies governing the importation, use and dealing of telecommunications equipments
  • Developing the telecom and IT sector through launching initiatives aiming at serving the society at large and the sector in specific, such as the ICT Development Fund, TDRA Scholarship Program (Be´tha) and the National Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT)


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You can the find PDF version of the TDRA certificate here.

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