Batelco gets reduced penalty for restricting international cable access

1 Nov 2012

Bahraini incumbent Batelco said in a statement reported by that a BHD5.24 million (USD13.89 million) fine imposed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in 2009 for restricting international cable access has been reduced to BHD750,000 following the conclusion of arbitration proceedings. The penalty was imposed for preventing rival operators from accessing the country’s international data channels via collocation at Batelco’s submarine cable landing station. At the time the TRA said the former monopoly telco provided insufficient reasons for the obstruction.