Bahrain TRA launches number portability
Regulator expects 20% of mobile subscribers to shift their numbers in the country.
Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched number portability service that will enable subscribers to shift between different operators in the country while keeping the same phone number.
Dr. Mohammed Al Amer, chairman of Bahrain TRA, said: "The new service will help stimulate competition among telecommunications companies, breaking any form of monopoly, and serving the development of the local market." He said that Bahrain TRA expects about 20% of the mobile subscribers to transfer their numbers in the country.
The mobile number portability service is operational from today, and the fixed telephony is to be operational from October 4.
Mohamed Bubashait, general director of TRA, said: "Offering flexibility and choice for consumers in selecting their telecommunications operators will drive competition, as operators focus on building loyalty as well as implementing customer-centric approaches to their business. This is a very important step for Bahrain that will boost competition in the mobile and fixed telephony markets."
The porting takes place within one to three days for mobile, and for fixed telephony it will be from one to six days. The maximum porting charges will be BHD4 ($10.6) for mobile, and BHD6 ($15.9) for fixed telephony.
Earlier, in May this year, Bahrain TRA issued a final order to Batelco to commercially launch local loop unbundling (LLU) in the country, and the operator launched the service this June allowing other licenced operators in Bahrain to provide alternative broadband and fixed services over Batelco's fixed network.