MTC-Vodafone and Mena pay BHD10 million for fixed wireless licences

9 Jan 2007

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has awarded two National Fixed Wireless Services (NFWS) licences to MTC-Vodafone Bahrain and Mena Telecom, following an auction which ended on 13 December 2006. MTC-Vodafone Bahrain paid around BHD5.5 million (USD14.6 million) for its concession, while Mena Telecom won its licence with a bid of approximately BHD4.5 million. Under the terms of the licences both firms must launch commercial national fixed wireless services within 18 months of the date of the award. Their obligations include a minimum requirement of 40% population coverage, rising to full national coverage in four years.