2Connect attempts to sue TRA over LTE auction exclusion

11 Apr 2013

A second telecom company has revealed its intention to be included in the government auction to offer 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) frequencies in Bahrain, TradeArabia reports. Manama-based data traffic carrier 2Connect has followed in the footsteps of local WiMAX operator Menatelecom, and filed a case against the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) for allegedly barring it from the process. Court documents quoted by the website assert: ‘2Connect has filed a case against the decision taken by the TRA to not include it amongst the three telecoms service [providers], Batelco, Viva and Zain in the auction of fourth generation mobile telephone frequencies’. The Urgent Matters Court is expected to issue a verdict on Monday.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, late last month the TRA announced that it has postponed the multi-band mobile frequency licence auction scheduled for the end of March, pending further notice. The postponement followed Menatelecom’s legal action against the watchdog over its own exclusion from the auction.