TRA renews Batelco and Zain mobile licences

10 Jun 2019

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has renewed the mobile frequency licences held by mobile network operators (MNO) Batelco and Zain for a further ten-year period. This is the first time an MNO has invoked its right to request a renewal of the 15-year licence granted in conjunction with the promulgation of the Telecommunications Law in 2002. The TRA said in a press release that it had engaged with consultancy firms to determine the spectrum usage fees applicable, although no details were provided.

‘The request from Batelco and Zain to renew their licences is a reflection of the healthy and competitive environment created by the TRA’s regulatory framework over the past 17 years,’ said the TRA’s Acting General Director, Nasser Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.