Regulator invites comments on Batelco dominance

The TRA has begun a consultation process in which it identifies areas where the operator may be declared dominant.

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By  Alex Ritman Published  October 27, 2005

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has commenced a consultation process inviting comments on Batelco’s dominance in the market. In its consultation document, the regulator identifies markets where the state-backed telco may be declared dominant, including broadband access, and access to international cables and links, among others. The TRA believes the process will provide evidence of Batelco’s dominance in the market. "This consultation is the next step that the TRA is taking in order to establish that Batelco is dominant in certain markets and as such subject to the obligations of the Access Regulation," says TRA general director Andreas Avgousti. The Access Regulation has been issued by the TRA to deal with how operators gain access to the services that they require, on terms and conditions that are fair to both them and to the existing operators. Under this regulation, operators declared to be dominant in access markets by the TRA are obliged to provide certain access services, which means allowing their infrastructure to be used by other licensed operators. Operators that are deemed to have market power are also required to set out these services, and the terms and conditions on which they are provided, in a reference access offer, subject to TRA approval. The deadline for comments us November 23, 2005, and on the basis of the feedback the TRA says it expects to issue its final decision on the matter.

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