Bahrain publishes spectrum policy, considers 3G licensing plan

28 Jun 2006

Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation (MoT) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) have published their Spectrum Policy for the country, reports Cellular News. The Policy outlines the available spectrum ranges in the Kingdom, including Wi-Fi, WiMAX and fixed-wireless, and the proposed licence award mechanisms. It also addresses the issue of awarding further mobile licences, confirming that there is available spectrum for both 2G and 3G services. A consultation on awarding a third mobile licence will follow. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database notes that Bahrain’s cellular market is led by Batelco, with 580,000 subscribers at the end of March 2006, whilst rival MTC-Vodafone signed up 228,000 users by the same date. MTC-Vodafone is currently the sole 3G licence holder and it rolled out commercial W-CDMA services in December 2004 with nationwide coverage.