Minister hopes for 5G launch ‘by June’

29 Mar 2019

Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, has stated that preparations for the rollout of 5G networks in the country are ‘complete’, with the expectation that commercial services could launch in June this year, pending device availability, CommsMEA reports. According to the minister, all regulatory obstacles to full 5G implementation have been resolved, with the licensing and spectrum allocation set to be finalised by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) ‘by mid-April’, whilst mobile operators (Batelco, Viva and Zain) are all deploying 5G network infrastructure. TeleGeography notes that both Batelco and Viva have indicated that they should be ready for 5G launch by mid-2019.

The minister declared: ‘There were a lot of hurdles [to 5G] along the way – ensuring spectrum availability as soon as possible was a big challenge, but overcoming these obstacles exemplifies the support and cooperation amongst all stakeholders in Bahrain and demonstrates how Bahrain can move quickly, deliver enormous progress against an accelerated timeframe, and be a partner to technology leaders.’