4G licence auction cancelled

28 Jun 2013

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced yesterday that the planned auction of mobile licences in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands has been cancelled ‘in the public interest’. The regulator issued a notice to rescind in its entirety the invitation to tender issued on 28 January 2013 (as subsequently amended); the Authority will repay in full the registration fee paid by each prospective bidder. The tender/auction process had previously been suspended when the conditions of the process were challenged in court after all potential bidders except the Kingdom’s three existing cellular network operators were excluded under a central government policy decision.