Three-year telecoms draft action plan released

12 Mar 2007

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued its three-year Draft Work Plan for 2007-2009 for public consultation. Among the projects listed in the draft plan is the review of licensing, spectrum management and type approval frameworks with a view to eliminate unnecessary red-tape. The TRA says that it wants to enable licensees to offer customers the choice of innovative and competitively priced services. It also plans to conduct consumer awareness campaigns in order to increase consumers’ ability to make informed decisions in an increasingly competitive market. TRA says the action plan will ‘form the route map of the telecommunications regulations for the coming years.’ Comments from all interested parties will be received until 8 April. Bahrain’s fixed line market was opened up to competition on 1 July 2004, making it the first Gulf state to have a fully liberalised telecoms sector.