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Qatar - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements


The regulations in Qatar caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that includes Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate ServicesShort Codes, WAP Billing and Operator Billing.


 Supreme Council of Information & Communication Technology

ictQATAR connects people to the technologies that enrich their lives, drive economic development & inspire confidence in the future.

Established in 2004 as the nation´s ICT policy and regulatory body, the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) supports Qatar´s ambitious vision to achieve social and political change while advancing global competitiveness. Already, ICT is benefiting those who live and work in Qatar in countless ways. Children and adults learn more creatively. Businesses of all sizes are discovering new efficiencies and new markets. Government is more responsive. And transformation in healthcare is under way.




ooredoo.jpg  Ooredoo

Ooredoo is a brand name introduced by Qatar Telecom, Q.S.C, to replace the former name operating as Qtel on February 2013. Ooredoo (previously Qatar Telecom) a telecommunications provider in Qatar and is one of the largest public companies in the country.The company has developed to become a provider of mobile services, wireless services, wireline services, and content services, with varying market share in the domestic and international telecommunication markets and in the business (corporations and individuals) and residential markets.



vodafone_qatar-logo-for-web.gif             Vodafone

Vodafone Group plc /ˈvdəfn/ is a British multinational telecommunications company headquartered in London and with its registered office inNewbury, Berkshire. It is the world's third-largest mobile telecommunications company measured by both subscribers and 2013 revenues (in each case behind China Mobile), and had 453 million subscribers as of June 2013. In December 2007, a Vodafone Group-led consortium was awarded the second mobile phone licence in Qatar under the name "Vodafone Qatar". Vodafone Qatar is located at QSTP, the Qatar Science & Technology Park



Market Statistics


Qatar possesses a well developed telecoms market that enjoys high fixed line and mobile penetration. A rapidly growing population due to Qatar’s infrastructure building boom has presented a considerable growth opportunity for Qatar’s two telcos, Ooredoo (Qtel) and Vodafone Qatar. Qatar’s communications regulator, ictQATAR, has been increasingly active in creating an environment conducive to competition, imposing obligations on Ooredoo to offer equal access to competitors to its network ducts, dark fibers and collocation spaces as well as offering network interconnection and wholesale transmission services.



Area: Total: 11,586 sq km Land: 11,586 sq km Water: 0 sq km
Cities: Doha- capital, Al Wakra, Umm Said, Al Khor, Madinat Al-Shamal, Al Ruwais, Al Zubara, Dukhan
Terrain: Mostly flat and barren desert covered with loose sand and gravel
Climate: Arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers


Nationality: Noun:Qatari(s), Adjective: Qatari
Population: 2,042,444 (July 2013 est.)
Annual population growth rate: 4.19% (2013 est.)
Language: Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language
Flag: Iraq_flag.png


Type: Emirate
Independence: 3 September 1971 (from the UK)
Constitution: Previous 1972 (provisional); latest drafted 2 July 2002, approved by referendum 29 April 2003, endorsed 8 June 2004, effective 9 June 2005 (2013)
Branches: Chief of state: Amir TAMIM bin Hamad Al Thani (since 25 June 2013)
Political parties: None
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Nominal GDP: $213.1 billion (2013 est.)
GDP per capita: $102,100 (2013 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: 0.8% (2010 est.)
Agriculture: Fruits, vegetables; poultry, dairy products, beef; fish
Industry: Liquefied natural gas, crude oil production and refining, ammonia, fertilizers, petrochemicals, steel reinforcing bars, cement, commercial ship repair
Trade: Export - Japan 26.7%, South Korea 19%, India 12.1%, Singapore 5.7%, China 5.4% (2013 est.)



Market Growth

General region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓ Internet Users per 100 inhab.↓ Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓ Mobile subscibers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
Middle East 1,682,271 1.0 2,042,444 $98,329 $173.847 billion 62.6 2.2 million
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The Qatari Riyal (sign:﷼.; code: QAR) is the currency of Qatar. 

1000 QAR in £GBP

1000 QAR in $USD

1000 QAR in €EUR


Approval Process

As part of the application process for a short code, you will need to complete a txtNation Customer Care Form (CCF).


Promotional Guidelines

There are currently no written regulations at the time of writing for Qatar. Your CCF will still be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair. You should ensure that pricing and support is included on your promotion.


 Messages Flow Requirements

There are currently no written regulations at the time of writing for Qatar. Your CCF will still be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Service Types

For Qatar, generally, you can offer any services as long as it doesn’t contradict with the habits of the country, so the following topics are not allowed in Qatar:

  • Politics
  • Religion

All services will be reviewed to ensure that you are delivering value for money and the service is honest and fair. 


Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Originated (MO) billed lines and Mobile Terminated (MT) for subscriptions on dedicated lines in Qatar. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types.


Short codes and Keywords

On our dedicated code in Qatar, we operate on a 4 digit short code for each carrier. Adult content is not available.



The current Qatar rate of tax is available via Wikipedia. The out-payments on our rate cards are exclusive of VAT, so if you are VAT registered you can claim a higher outpayment than is shown.


 Dedicated Codes 

Dedicated codes are available with a 2 - 5 week lead time depending on carrier availability, the carriers approve based on their backlog, the time of year, price point and service type. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Qatar via the txtNation Gateway.


 Qatar has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations:

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS) including Short Code services
  • WAP Billing

 Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Qatar include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS

 Note: This page is updated as frequently as possible when we are informed from the regulators or mobile operators in Qatar of a change or update in regulations. There may be a latest version of Premium SMS, Mobile Payments or Short Code Regulations in Qatar. Please contact your account manager for more information.

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