Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced a plan to award licences for paired spectrum in the 2600MHz and other frequency bands suitable for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile services either in the fourth quarter of this year or in early 2013. The plan is aimed at providing spectrum for developing high speed mobile broadband networks, including 2600MHz frequencies to be made available in two tranches, the regulator said. The first tranche will include two paired 40MHz blocks in the 2600MHz range, hopefully to be awarded under technology-neutral licences by the end of 2012, while a further 2×30MHz of 2600MHz spectrum is earmarked for auction by the end of 2014, the watchdog added. The TRA is also planning to allocate technology-neutral licences for the following spectrum: 2×40MHz in the 2100MHz band, 2×15MHz in the 1800MHz band, 5.6MHz of paired spectrum at 900MHz and 15MHz of unpaired frequencies in the 1900MHz range. The TRA will also undergo a spectrum review programme aimed at determining and satisfying Bahrain’s mobile frequency resource requirements beyond 2020, with the review’s findings expected to be released in 2015.