Viva fined for licence transgressions

7 Aug 2013

Bahrain’s Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a decision finding mobile operator Viva non-compliant with various conditions of its frequency licence, its mobile services licence and its national fixed services licence. The TRA found Viva was not authorised to upgrade of 165 fixed point-to-point microwave links, thereby exceeding the bandwidth limitations set out in the frequency licence, for which it incurred a fine including a penalty for the period of unauthorised use of spectrum, reports TradeArabia. In addition Viva has been ordered to pay the outstanding spectrum licence fees due in respect of the upgraded links, and the TRA has ordered Viva to downgrade all unauthorised links, within 90 days from the date of the order.