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03KUWAIT1499 2003-04-19 12:27:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Kuwait
Cable title:  

KUWAIT: WIRELESS INTERNET SURVEY RESULTS

Tags:   ECPS ECON ETRD KU 
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UNCLAS KUWAIT 001499

SIPDIS

STATE PASS TO USTR FOR J. BUNTIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECPS ECON ETRD KU
SUBJECT: KUWAIT: WIRELESS INTERNET SURVEY RESULTS

REF: STATE 85946

The following answers to State's Wireless Internet Survey
(reftel) are supplied by Engineer AbdulAzziz Mohammad
Al-Osaimi, Assistant Undersecretary for Information Systems
at Kuwait's Ministry of Communication, and are keyed to
questions in reftel para 6.



A. Yes, the Government of Kuwait (GOK) has allocated
unlicensed radio-frequency spectrum for use by Wireless
Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and similar technologies. The frequency
band is 2.4-2.4835 GHz and does not exceed 100 mw. There are
no separate allocations for indoor and outdoor use. The GOK
is not planning to authorize Wi-Fi services as lower power
devices without a specific radio-service allocation.



B. Wi-Fi can be used without a license in Kuwait, provided
the Wi-Fi is indoors. While no licenses are required, users
must obtain type approval certificates from the Ministry of
Communication.



C. No, Wi-Fi systems cannot be used for commercial purposes
without a license in Kuwait.



D. No, there are not any commercial Wi-Fi networks currently
operating in Kuwait that provide service to the public.



E. Post cannot provide examples of how Wi-Fi is currently
being used in Kuwait, because nothing has been implemented
yet for commercial use.



F. While several Wi-Fi units have been sold for indoor use,
few links have been implemented as point-to-point for testing
purposes. The GOK could not provide specific numbers for
indoor use Wi-Fi systems sold in the country.
JONES