Bahrain to license third cellco this year?

4 Apr 2008

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has invited telecoms industry players and interested parties to express interest and opinions on the planned award of a third mobile network operating licence in the country. The regulator has asked potential applicants to give opinions regarding preferred spectrum bands and size of frequency blocks to be assigned, plus related issues including infrastructure sharing, national roaming and length of shared exclusivity period. The TRA has indicated that a licence could be awarded by the end of this year. Bahrain’s mobile market is currently a duopoly between Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) and Zain Bahrain.