LLU in Bahrain

21 Aug 2008

The Bahraini Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued an invitation for proposals to assist in defining the methodology for the introduction of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) in the country. Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) lost its 23-year monopoly on the fixed line market in July 2004, but so far has faced only limited competition from operators which purchase its wholesales services. TRA’s General Director Alan Horne said, ‘This move is an essential enabler of further competition at the retail level, especially for the provision of high speed broadband’. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 16 September 2008.