Broadband reaches 188,000 subscribers in Bahrain

The number of broadband subscribers up by 25% between Q3 of 2009 and 2010, TRA study

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Broadband reaches 188,000 subscribers in Bahrain Dr. Mohammed Al Amer, Bahrain TRA’s chairman, said that the country’s telecom sector had shown good growth in the number of subscribers, usage, penetrations, and revenues.
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  January 3, 2011

There were about 188,000 broadband subscribers in Bahrain at the end of third quarter of 2010, according to a recent study from Bahrain TRA. The number of broadband subscribers increased by 25% between Q3 of 2009 and 2010, the report added.

Dr. Mohammed Al Amer, Bahrain TRA's chairman, said that the country's telecom sector had shown good growth in the number of subscribers, usage, penetrations, and revenues. He also said the report indicated that Bahrain was moving in line with the TRA's mission towards fostering greater competition in the telecoms sector.

The TRA's report covered a range of telecommunications service indicators such as the number of subscribers, penetration rates, calls usage and telecommunications revenues.

While the report stated that there were about 229,000 fixed lines, and about 1.5 million mobile subscribers in Bahrain by Q3 2010, about 44% of broadband subscribers were based on fixed wireless services. The report also stated that the country's mobile broadband doubled to reach about 36,000 subscribers during the period from Q4 2009 to Q3 2010.

The telecom sector contributed to 4.7% of GDP in 2009, and about 92% of national mobile traffic is on a mobile to mobile basis, added the report.

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