Regulator charts mobile, broadband growth

17 Nov 2014

According to the latest market indicators from Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), by the end of Q3 2014 there were around 2.41 million mobile subscriptions in the country, up from 2.21 million at the beginning of the year and representing a mobile penetration rate in excess of 180%. The figure is ten times the approximately 246,000 fixed lines in Bahrain reported by the TRA at end-September, down from 251,000 at the start of the year. The watchdog also reported that at the end of September 1.44 million of these mobile users also subscribed to mobile broadband services (pay-per-use, add-on or bundled), a figure representing nearly 60% of all mobile subscriptions. The TRA added that at end-3Q14 there were approximately 1.84 million active broadband subscriptions in Bahrain, of which mobile broadband represented 91% (including standalone mobile broadband services), with fixed services accounting for just 9%, although it noted that fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions have begun to increase in volume for the first time in a number of years, following the TRA’s decision to deregulate the residential/SME fixed broadband market and provide greater flexibility at the retail level.

Bahrain, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)