Batelco to accept regulator’s wholesale pricing framework

14 Jun 2007

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) will accept new pricing regulations issued by the Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) for rival operators to use its network infrastructure, the company said in a statement. Batelco, which enjoys a monopoly in building and maintaining Bahrain’s fixed line infrastructure, was in discussions with the TRA over the fees competitors should pay to use its services, the statement said. ‘The TRA considered our submissions and has now issued a legal order which we will abide by,’ the incumbent’s CEO Peter Kaliaropolous said, adding that ‘We can continue to debate the merits of the order or just get on with the job.’ Kaliaropolous had previously criticised the authority for introducing what he said were discriminatory pricing policies.