Viva asks TRA to revoke Menatelecom licences

20 Dec 2018

Bahrain-based cellular operator Viva has asked the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to revoke a number of licences currently held by its fixed line subsidiary Mena Telecom (Menatelecom). The concessions in question are as follows: an Individual Licence for International Telecommunications Services; a Class Licence for Value Added Services; a Class Licence for Internet Services; an Individual Licence for National Fixed Services; and an Individual Licence for International Telecommunications Facilities.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Viva Bahrain acquired 100% of Menatelecom from Kuwait Finance House in January 2018, with a view to leveraging the new company’s fixed broadband capabilities. The operational side of the merger was completed on 1 June 2018, and the ISP is now billed as ‘Menatelecom – powered by Viva Bahrain’.