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Batelco ordered to cut charges

Bahrain's telecoms watchdog not satisfied that fees Batelco charges rivals are "fair and reasonable".

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has ordered Batelco to reduce some of the fees it charges its rivals.

The fees relate to certain interconnection charges that Batelco’s competitors pay to provide telecommunications services and use the operator’s network.

The TRA said on Monday that it “was not satisfied that all charges were fair and reasonable”.

It ordered reductions on the following interconnection services charges: Mobile Call Terminating Access; SMS Terminating Access; Freephone from a Mobile Phone; International Fixed Call Termination; and International Mobile Call Termination.

“The availability of interconnection services is a key issue for operators in order to be able to function competitively,” TRA general director Alan Horne said in a statement.

“We hope that this reduction will be reflected on the retail charges that consumers pay, and give financial incentives to all market players to invest more in telecommunications infrastructure. This will support economic development, and consumers will enjoy the benefits of competition and greater choice.”

Batelco has said it will comply with the regulator’s demands, according to Gulf Daily News.

“We have received the order, we are going to comply with the order, and this is a work in progress between us and the TRA,” Batelco general manager of corporate affairs Ahmed Al Janahi told the newspaper.

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