2Connect to connect the nation

29 Aug 2007

Bahrain-based alternative telco 2Connect is awaiting approval from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to install a fibre-optic network across the country to break the monopoly of incumbent Batelco in the facilities-based fixed line market. ‘Right now we are using Batelco’s phone lines because we don’t have a choice,’ said 2Connect’s managing director Fahad Al Shirawi, adding that ‘While we still use Batelco’s phone lines we can never be a contender.’ The first phase of the planned project is expected to cost more than BHD400,000 (USD1 million) and will involve the laying of over 40km of fibre-optic cable, starting in Manama and going south through Seef and Muharraq.

Bahrain, 2Connect