Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has set Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) a deadline of 6 September to submit its plan to split the company into two separate entities, writes GDN Online. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the idea of splitting Batelco into retail and wholesale divisions was first put forward in May this year. The TRA has published guidelines on the matter and stated: ‘…the Authority expects that Batelco will implement separation by the transfer of staff and assets to the Separated Entity (SE) from Batelco. The new entity is to be efficiently resourced to deploy and operate the National Broadband Network (NBN) and associated wholesale products and services.’
The aim of the separation is to create fairer competition in the telecoms sector as it will end Batelco’s dominance of fibre-optic technology in Bahrain.