Horne blows telecoms trumpet

31 Jul 2008

According to Bahraini regulator TRA’s general director Alan Horne, ‘Last year has been a fascinating year and one in which TRA has laid firm foundations for the future, by establishing fair and effective competition, giving customers more choices, and value-for-money.’ Speaking at the launch of the watchdog’s 2007 annual report, Horne said that industry revenues had grown by 87% since market liberalisation in 2003, with sector employment up 31%, whilst international call charges had dropped by 56% in the past three years. Also commenting on the 2007 report, TRA chairman Mohammed Al Amer said that telecoms turnover in Bahrain rose by 13% in the year, and went on to say that there were now 16 operators in Bahrain, including seven fixed line local telephony providers, 15 international call operators, ten ISPs and two active mobile network operators (Batelco and Zain Bahrain), with a third cellco on the horizon for next year. ‘The work of TRA has directly supported inward investments and resulted in providing the benefits of choice in services and prices to consumers in Bahrain,’ the chairman added.