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UAE Appoints Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri As TRA’s Director General

UAE Appoints Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri As TRA’s Director General

Al Mansouri was previously director general of the UAE mGovernment and the deputy director general of the TRA.

The UAE has issued a presidential decree, appointing Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri as the new director general of the country’s telecom watchdog Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

Al Mansouri replaces Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, who will continue to act as a consultant to the TRA’s board of directors, the government agency said in a statement.

Al Mansouri previously served as the director general of the UAE mGovernment initiative and was earlier the deputy director general of the TRA. He also held the post of director general of Information and e-Government from May 2013 to April 2014.

A graduate in Multimedia from Middlesex University in the UK, he was also a technical consultant in many government institutions.

“The appointment of Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri as director general of TRA will add great value, especially in this critical phase, due to his broad and varied expertise and professional experience, particularly in developing important national initiatives that the authority is working towards implementing,” said Mohammed Ahmed Al Qamzi, chairman of TRA.

The TRA has been playing an increasingly active role in regulating the UAE’s ICT sector.

One of its notable steps was the introduction of mobile number portability service in 2013, which allowed users to switch between the two service providers- du and Etisalat- while retaining their existing number and network code.

The facility, which was launched after a delay of five years, aimed to promote competition between the two major operators in the market.

Starting from 2012, the TRA also carried out a massive SIM card registration campaign in order to protect subscribers from confidentiality infringement and to minimise the risk from the use of illegal SIM cards.

Last year, the telecom agency also launched a new campaign to verify the official Twitter accounts of all UAE government entities.

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