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28 February 2024

Emergency plan unveiled for UAE telecom sector

Emergency plan unveiled for UAE telecom sector. (REUTERS)

By Staff Writer

A national emergency plan was announced yesterday for the telecom sector in the UAE at the conclusion of the second annual Crisis and Emergency Management Conference held in Abu Dhabi.

"The plan comes in response to the directives of the UAE Government to develop a National Emergency Plan that covers all vital sectors in the country in case of crisis," said Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

"The telecommunications sectors is one of the most vital of sectors that becomes even more critical in times of crisis," he said at the end of the three-day event.

Al Ghanim said the Authority has developed the National Emergency Plan for the telecom sector, in direct co-operation with the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and in consultation with key stakeholders, telecom operator, and service providers.

"The participation of the key players of the telecom sector in the preparation of this plan is crucial as it comes to confirm their role in setting and developing the plan, as they will be entrusted with its implementation in times of need," he said.

Ncema signs three deals

National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) signed yesterday three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Department of Municipal Affairs in Abu Dhabi (DMA), National Media Council (NMC) and Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company.

Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithy, General Manager of NCEMA, said the authority is keen to communicate and co-operate with the public and private institutions within the frame of its preparedness to respond to emergency and crises.

The first MoU between the NCEMA and DMA provides for joint co-operation in exchange information and expertise especially in the geographical and geospatial information as the main tool for planning, readiness and response to handle crises and emergency.

The second (MoU), was signed with the National Media Council (NMC), and it calls on the NCEMA to supply the NMC with news and statements about its activities.

The third MoU with Thuraya aimed to provide telecom services and create tailored telecom solutions at times of crises and emergency. (Wam)


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