Lightspeed to become Bahrain's second fixed operator

Bahraini telecoms start-up, Lightspeed has become the first fixed line company to receive the go-ahead to compete with the incumbent provider, Batelco.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  May 8, 2005

Bahraini telecoms start-up, Lightspeed has become the first fixed line company to receive the go-ahead to compete with the incumbent provider, Batelco. Lightspeed has officially been awarded national and international services licenses, which will allow it to offer fixed line voice services to businesses and consumers in the kingdom. The group also plans to deliver high-speed internet connections and video telephony to its subscribers. “Initially we were only concentrating on ISP operations and it was only until late last year that we decided to pursue a much more aggressive strategy in offering 'triple play' services, hence in pursuing relevant licenses after watching the trends of IP technology, in view of the liberalisation process in the Kingdom,” said Shaikh Abdulla Khalid Al Khalifa, managing director of Lightspeed. Batelco officially lost its monopoly in the fixed line sector at the start of this year.

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