CRA issues tips to telecom consumers to avoid
roaming bill shocks
he Communications Regulatory Authority
(CRA) in Qatar has issued tips to telecom
consumers to avoid roaming bill shocks. The
two service providers in Qatar, Ooredoo and
Vodaphone, have a diverse range of roaming
packages and services to cater to a range of
consumer requirements. However, the CRA
advises telecom consumers to make sure
they understand the service they want to use
before they subscribe to it. It advises them
to verify if their service provider offers a
roaming package in the destination country
and to read the terms and conditions related
to the specific service they want to use and
clearly understand the cost of it.
CRA also advises consumers to
understand the activation process before
they travel and if in doubt to contact their
service provider for clarification and to
activate the package before they reach
The organisation says: “Often bill shock is a
result of using a non-partner network carrier
in the destination country. Service providers
have mechanisms in place to automatically
connect consumers to their preferred
network partner if available.
“Consumers should verify with their service
providers whether to keep network selection
manual or automatic.”
Students explore programming at CMU-Q
iddle and high school students
from around Qatar showcased their
programming skills at the Alice Middle
East Computer Science Competition
held at Carnegie Mellon University in
Qatar (CMU-Q). This was the first Alice
Middle East event under the umbrella of
the Hamad Bin Jassim Center for K-12
Computer Science Education.
Jassim and Hamad Bin Jassim Charitable
Foundation, ExxonMobil Qatar and the Qatar
National Research Fund (QNRF) partnered
with CMU-Q for the event.
The competition was the culmination of
weeks of preparation by the teams, who used
the Alice Middle East educational software to
create interactive games and animations.
The original Alice software was developed
at Carnegie Mellon University and adapted
for Qatar by CMU-Q, with support from a
National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)
grant from QNRF.
With the support of the Ministry of
Education and Higher Education, Alice
Middle East is now part of the curriculum
at all Qatar government schools that teach
information communication technology.
A total of 132 students from 13 schools
created animations in the categories of
space exploration, global warming, FIFA
World Cup 2022, health, social responsibility
or video games. They were judged
for programming skills, creativity, oral
presentations and teamwork.