TRA extends deadline for choosing mobile licensing advisor

18 Jun 2008

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain yesterday issued a clarification of last month’s invitation for proposals on the design and management of a competitive process for the award of a third mobile network operator in the Kingdom. The watchdog confirms that it is not at this stage intending to retain its own external legal counsel for the purposes of advising on the licence award process. TRA will assess all proposals received on a case by case basis and if they include legal support this will be reviewed in the assessment. As such, should bidders wish to renew or supplement their proposals to include subcontracted legal counsel they may do so. TRA therefore extends the deadline for the receipt of proposals (or supplementary information) to 26 June 2008.

The regulator previously reported that six potential applicants for launching a third mobile network have made informal approaches, although it has not named the companies. It plans to launch a formal tender for the concession by mid-August this year, with submissions closed by the end of October, and is targeting early December as the date for announcing the winner.