Bahrain sees 6.5% growth in telecoms sector in 2010

Revenues, mobile and broadband subscriptions up according to Bahrain TRA annual report

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Bahrain sees 6.5% growth in telecoms sector in 2010 Bahrain has a truly competitive telecoms market in some segments, says Al Amer.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 6, 2011

Bahrain's telecoms market saw a 6.5% growth in revenues in 2010, according to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

The kingdom also saw an 11% rise in mobile subscriptions, and a 27% increase in broadband subscriptions, according to the TRA's Annual Report.

Dr Mohammed Ahmed Al Amer chairman of the TRA said in a statement that Bahrain is taking strong steps towards becoming an open and competitive market for telcos, noting in particular the launch of Bahrain's third mobile operator, Viva.

"In 2010 we have reached a very significant milestone in our journey as a regulator as we can now say that parts of our telecommunications market are fully competitive. Consumers, investors in the sector and the national economy are all beginning to experience the many benefits this brings," he said.

"TRA continues to receive international recognition regarding its approach to the regulation of the Kingdom's telecommunications sector. Our commitment to achieving an open access model and the transparency with which decisions are reached gives clear direction and confidence to both operators and investors in the market. It has resulted in continuing inward investment in the Kingdom, not least in the third mobile network operated by Viva that launched its services in March 2010. We now have a highly competitive mobile market, comparable to the best in the world, delivering choice, lower prices and diversity of services for the consumer," Al Amer added.

The country also benefited from improved broadband services, offering both faster services in terms of performance, and an overall decrease in prices.

"In an increasingly competitive market, well-informed consumers are not only better aware of the range of services available but are also able to make the right choices for their individual needs. Those choices continued to grow, particularly boosted by the launch of Mobile Number Portability and the increase of competition between licensed operators," commented Mohamed Bubshait, director general of the TRA.

"We will continue to be open and transparent, and adhere to international best practice in all we do. We are confident that the telecommunications sector is enhancing the life for residents as well as businesses and economic growth to progress towards realising the objectives of the Kingdom's 2030 Economic Vision," he said.

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