Bahrain opens up its telcoms market

In a move which is bound to send ripples through the GCC’s telecommunications and IT industries, Bahrain’s government is to open up its telcoms market.

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By  Robin Duff Published  February 6, 2001

In a move which is bound to send ripples through the GCC’s telecommunications and IT industries, Bahrain’s government has announced that it is to open its telcom market to all comers.

According to Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa, who is overseeing the changeover, international companies are welcome to enter the island’s market, which currently relies on its own government-owned organisation, Batelco, to provide its telcom services.

“The main beneficiary will be the consumers,” said Sheikh Khalifa. “It is everyone’s belief that the time has come to end this monopoly and open up the market to suit the need of the time. [Batelco] is a monopoly, and we are against all monopolies, as the island is opening up its market to pave the way for an overall growth.”

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