Bahraini regulator consulting on new cellular licences

6 Jul 2006

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched a public consultation on the possible award of additional mobile licences, as part of the TRA Plan 2005/06. The consultation addresses whether to issue one or more licences and the type of new entrants to license – mobile network operators and/or mobile virtual network operator (MVNOs); the consultation period is scheduled to close on 3 August 2006. TeleGeography’s Globalcomms database notes that Bahrain is home to two cellcos, Batelco and MTC-Vodafone; Batelco leads the market with 72% of the Kingdom’s 808,000 subscribers at the end of March 2006.