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The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a Federal UAE Government entity established according to the UAE Federal Law by Decree No. 3 of 2003 – Telecom Law. The TRA is responsible for the management of every aspect of the telecommunications and information technology industries in the UAE.
The organisational objectives of the TRA include: ensuring adequacy of telecommunications services throughout the UAE; achieving enhancement of services, both in terms of quality and variety; ensuring quality of service and adherence to terms of licenses by licensees; encouraging telecommunications and IT services within the UAE; promoting and enhancing the telecommunications sector within the UAE; resolving disputes between the licensed operators; establishing and implementing a regulatory and policy framework; promoting new technologies; ensuring that the UAE becomes the regional ICT hub; developing the country’s human capital; and encouraging research and development.The TRA is also the current ccTLD manager for .ae, the national name space in the UAE. Through the TRA, the UAE was one of the first countries in the world to launch its own IDN ccTLD, .امارات (dotEmarat,) in 2010. The TRA represents the UAE government in various ICT-related international organisations, committees and forums such as ITU, ICANN GAC, APTLD, IGF, LAS, the GCC and many others. The TRA is a RIPE NCC member and active stakeholder in the RIPE community. The TRA is also an active GAC member within ICANN since 2005.
Established in the early 1990s, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral, non-profit and independent Internet Exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Business internet traffic at AMS-IX has a peak of close to five terabits per second (Tbps) and it interconnects around 800 IP networks, making it one the largest Internet Exchanges in the world.
The AMS-IX platform provides IP interconnection and peering services of a guaranteed high quality for all types of IP traffic, irrespective whether this is traditional data, Voice over IP, mobile Internet traffic or video. By means of peering, these networks can provide their end users (both consumers as well as companies) with stabile, fast and cost-efficient Internet services.AMS-IX also manages the world’s first mobile peering points: the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX), the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX) and the IPX interconnection points. Furthermore, AMS-IX also manages two additional Internet Exchanges abroad: AMS-IX Hong Kong and AMS-IX Caribbean on Curaçao. AMS-IX’s subsidiary company AMS-IX USA Inc. manages AMS-IX Bay Area, AMS-IX Chicago and AMS-IX New York in the United States of America.
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