Regulator revises Batelco's wholesale rates

8 Dec 2011

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a draft order revising the wholesale rates for incumbent Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) to charge its rivals for local access and interconnection to its broadband network. The watchdog stated that the ‘fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory’ charges are aimed at improving competition and achieving lower retail broadband internet access prices for consumers. The TRA, which had not been satisfied with Batelco’s proposed wholesale tariffs, sets out in its draft order reductions in bitstream and wholesale DSL access fees of between 2% and 26%, in addition to a 50%-70% drop in interconnection link charges and an up to 40% reduction in domestic leased line fees. The TRA will accept public comments on the draft wholesale framework until 28 December before finalising the rates.