Kalaam opens in kingdom

Kalaam Telecom, holder of five telecommunications licences in Bahrain, has launched its services to the kingdom's residential and business customers.

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By  Alex Ritman Published  May 1, 2006

Kalaam Telecom, Bahrain’s new fixed-line operator and ISP, has launched its products and services to the kingdom’s residential and corporate customers. Kalaam currently holds five licences, namely national fixed telephony, international services, value added services, ISP and WiFi licences. The company’s first licence was awarded in March 2005, and since then it has implemented interconnect with Bahraini incumbent Batelco, as well as mobile operator MTC-Vodafone, PLDT of the Philippines and India’s Reliance. Carlos Riera, Kalaam Telecom’s CEO says the company is ready to enter the market. “We are aiming at achieving full integration of Kalaam's seamless international IP network, successful international connectivity, interconnections with Batelco, MTC Vodafone and the Bahrain Internet Exchange in addition to developing integrated products and services portfolio.” According to Kalaam Telecom chairman Nezar Al Saie, the kingdom is the perfect environment for the operator. "Bahrain is naturally the ideal place to start because of the enormous strides the government is taking to reform and liberalise the economy as well as ending monopoly over important services sectors". A partnership between Kalaam Ltd and the Shoaibi Group, Kalaam Telecom Holding is headquartered in Bahrain. Kalaam Ltd was established in 2003 to look at opportunities within Bahrain’s deregulated telecoms market. That year it unsuccessfully bid for the kingdom’s second GSM licence, partnering with Telstra of Australia.

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