Two fixed-wireless licences up for grabs

30 Aug 2006

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is preparing to launch an auction for two licences to provide fixed-wireless voice and data services, with a starting price of BHD20,000 (USD53,000) each plus annual fees of BHD28,000. An official invitation to take part in the tender will be published on 5 October, according to the TRA. Successful bidders will be able to offer voice telephony and internet access using wireless technology, bypassing the fixed line network of incumbent operator Batelco. The licences will include spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. An memorandum issued on the TRA website provides interested parties with preliminary information about the auction and a draft of the proposed licence. New licensees will also have the right to use Batelco’s infrastructure in order to reach end-users, on the basis of commercial agreements between themselves and Batelco. The TRA will be accepting comments on the published memorandum until 21 September.