TRA grants additional frequency licences to mobile operators

22 Jul 2019

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has granted additional frequency licences to the country’s three main mobile network operators, namely Batelco, Zain and Viva, in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands, in response to increasing demand for mobile data services, especially social networking applications.

The regulator did not provide a breakdown of the spectrum allocation but, as previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the TRA’s second consultation document published in March 2019 had detailed plans to allocate 60MHz (2×30MHz) in the 800MHz FDD band (791MHz-821MHz/832MHz-862MHz) and 140MHz in the 2600MHz TDD band (2550MHz-2690MHz). Under the proposals, the TRA outlined its intention to 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 has been auctioned via sealed bids from the trio of providers, offered as two 10MHz blocks with reserve prices of BHD166,000.