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Batelco could lose network monopoly

Bahrain's telecoms regulator is considering options that would end the monopoly of Batelco over the country's communications network infrastructure.

Bahrain's telecoms regulator is considering options that would end the monopoly of Batelco over the country's communications network infrastructure.

The move would give all telcos equal opportunity to construct their own networks, rather than having to use those of Batelco, the only operator currently licensed to build infrastructure.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) last week published a consultation document on streamlining the processes for the planning, building, maintenance and protection of the network infrastructure.

"Batelco has so far been the only licensed operator involved in the coordination system. The TRA is now considering four different options for granting all operators equal opportunity to participate in the coordination of infrastructure planning, construction, maintenance and plant protection works," the TRA stated.

The regulator said the move would "enable all licensed operators to build their infrastructure and provide services to customers in Bahrain on a fair and equal basis".

The TRA said a deadline of May 22 had been set for receipt of comments on the consultation document.

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