Bahrain to award 800MHz, 2600MHz licences in June

22 Mar 2019

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) yesterday (21 March 2019) published its second consultation on the award of mobile spectrum in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands, inviting comments by 21 April. The licence application window is set for 30 May-6 June, with a date of 13 June 2019 scheduled for announcing the results of the tender.

The spectrum on offer is 60MHz (2×30MHz) in the 800MHz FDD band (791MHz-821MHz/832MHz-862MHz) and 140MHz in the 2600MHz TDD band (2550MHz-2690MHz).

The TRA will award three ‘Basic Spectrum Portfolios’, each comprising 2×10MHz in the 800MHz band and 40MHz of 2600MHz TDD spectrum, at a price of BHD4.39 million (USD11.57 million) each. The remaining 20MHz in the 2600MHz band will be auctioned via sealed bids from Basic Spectrum Portfolio winners, offered as two 10MHz blocks with reserve prices of BHD166,000.

TeleGeography notes that the only participants expected in the tender are Bahrain’s three mobile incumbents Batelco, Zain and Viva, which all currently offer 4G LTE mobile services using the 1800MHz band.