Three-year telecoms plan approved

12 Jul 2012

Bahrain’s Council of Ministers has approved the country’s Third National Telecommunications Plan, devised by the government in consultation with national regulator the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), covering sector developments over the next three years. The policy’s stated aims are ‘economic and social advancement’, and the scope of the plan attempts to modernise and develop the scope of the previous national plan (published 2008) taking into account new technologies and convergent trends. The policy abstract states: ‘In the context of the digital economy, government policy must recognise not only convergence factors but also addressable global market dimensions, technology trends, changes in demand and consumption influences, and the impact of such areas on the wellbeing of citizens. Within that context the relative competitiveness and readiness of Bahrain to exploit opportunities and meet challenges must be a primary concern for government.’ The policy can be viewed at www.tra.org.bh/en/pdf/ThirdNationalTelecommunicationsPlanEnglish.pdf.