TRA allocates SMP to Viva in mobile interconnection market

31 Aug 2012

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released a draft decision, determining that the country’s youngest cellco Viva (owned by Saudi Telecom Company) holds significant market power (SMP) in the mobile wholesale network termination market. The draft decision bestows Viva with equivalent regulatory obligations to older rivals Batelco and Zain which were both determined to be SMP operators of interconnection services (voice and messaging) in a February 2010 TRA decision. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that since February 2010 Zain has been subject to mobile termination rate (MTR) regulation rather than just Batelco prior to that date. A public consultation period on the latest draft determination runs until 4 October 2012.