The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, announced on Saturday that it obtained three certificates from the International Standardisation Organisation, ISO, in business continuity, quality management systems and environmental management systems.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, TRA Director-General, received the certificates during a special meeting with Ahmad Al Khatib, Director-General of the British Standards Institute in the Middle East.

The TRA’s ISO certification in Business Continuity, ISO 22301:2013, confirms the readiness of the ICT sector to respond to all emergencies, crises and natural disasters that may occur, as well as the ability of the sector to ensure appropriate coverage for all customers in such circumstances.

TRA has also been able to obtain the new version of the Quality Management System, ISO 9001: 2015, which confirms the compatibility of all procedures, plans and strategic projects implemented by TRA with the International standards in this field. It obtained the certificate of the Environmental Management System, ISO 14001: 2015, on global standards for the preservation of the environment in the buildings and facilities of TRA as well as its internal environment, in addition to the best use of available resources.

Commenting on this achievement, Al Mansouri said, “ISO Certification is an expression of all the joint efforts of all departments and teams at the TRA to implement best practices and international standards adopted by the International Standardisation Organisation. I would like to emphasise that we are working within a clear national strategy that affirms the achievement of leading positions in all the global competitiveness indicators, which enhances the UAE’s attractive position in the sector of business and investment.’

In terms of certification of the telecom sector’s business continuity during disasters and crisis, it is extremely important to have an advanced infrastructure that is capable of meeting the needs of customers in different circumstances, he added.

This is in line with the smart cities strategy, of which the ICT sector is a main pillar, Al Mansouri concluded.