Bahrain TRA issues anti-competition notices

Batelco and Viva accused of breaching competition laws over international mobile calls

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Bahrain TRA issues anti-competition notices The Bahrain TRA has investigated complaints against Batelco and Viva of anti-competitive pricing.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 5, 2011

Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued warning notices to operators Batelco and Viva over anti-competitive pricing.

The two operators have been under investigation by the TRA after complaints from other operators in the Kingdom, that they were offering anti-competitive pricing on mobile phone calls to specific international destinations, which breached competition laws.

The TRA issued separate notices on 23rd August to both which allege that the operators' pricing constituted an abuse of dominance in the international mobile telecommunications market, and breached the conditions of competition provided for by the Law.

A statement from the TRA said: "TRA believes that such pricing destroys the market's forces and hinders competition between operators by reducing the opportunities for fair competition in the market, and harms the interests of consumer in the long run."

The regulator will issue a final decision on the allegations once Batelco and Viva have responded to the notices, the statement adds.

Rashid Abdulla, CEO Batelco Bahrain, commented: "Batelco has been informed of this decision and is in process of making a detailed submission to the TRA outlining reasons why we believe we acted fairly and consistent with the regulatory and competitive laws of the Kingdom. We look forward to the opportunity to outline our case to the TRA and we are confident we will receive a fair hearing."

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