Eleven bids for fixed-wireless licences

4 Dec 2006

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) received eleven bids for two National Fixed Wireless Services (NFWS) licences by the 28 November deadline. The list of bidders is: ATCO Clearwire Telecom Limited, Qatar Telecom (Qtel), Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco), Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the Blue Zone East LLC, Etisalcom Wireless Company, Kalaam Telecom Bahrain, Mena Telecom, MTC-Vodafone Bahrain, Nuetel Communications SPC and Reliance Communications Limited. The TRA is currently evaluating the bids to ensure that they meet the prequalification criteria, ahead of a financial bid stage on 13 December, when the licences will be awarded to the two highest bidders. The NFWS concessions allow the provision of voice and data services, including local telephony, and subject to obtaining additional relevant licences, the winners may also provide services including internet access and international calls.