Batelco says it will contest US$13m TRA fine

Batelco CEO Peter Kaliaropoulos, who described the fine as "unreasonable and punitive", said he is hopeful the TRA will reconsider

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Batelco says it will contest US$13m TRA fine Batelco CEO Peter Kaliaropoulos described the fine as "unreasonable and punitive".
By  George Bevir Published  November 25, 2009

Bahrain's Batelco says it will contest the $13.3 million fine levied against it by the country's regulator yesterday, which it described as "unreasonable and punitive".

Bahrain's regulator, the TRA, says Batelco is obliged to allow WiMAX operator Mena Telecom to purchase international capacity and directly connect with a submarine cable housed in Batelco's Salmaniya technical facilities complex.

"Under the regulatory process, Batelco has the right to appeal this decision directly back to the TRA," said Batelco's Group CEO Peter Kaliaropoulos.

"Whilst we are investigating the required initiatives to comply with the order, we will also be submitting further information relating to this matter. We are hopeful that the TRA will reconsider this ruling in the coming weeks."

Kaliaropoulos added that the case "raises various legal issues involving constitutional and telecommunications law".

"We remain confident that based on further information we will provide, this matter can be resolved amicably for all parties involved without unreasonable and punitive measures,"  Kaliaropoulos said.

3394 days ago
Bahrain User

It is unfair about TRA's decision about this fine on Batelco for not giving a competitor to use Batelco's network and premises. Does any law in Bahrain to control this TRA's behaviour against such unlawful decisions?

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