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Batelco ordered to slash internet charges for rivals

Move could pave way for cheaper internet access and quicker downloads

The ruling from the TRA should mean cheaper internet access in the Kingdom.
The ruling from the TRA should mean cheaper internet access in the Kingdom.

Bahrain Telecommunications (Batelco) has been ordered to cut web charges for its rivals in a move that could pave the way for cheaper internet charges for customers, it has been reported.

Rival operator Menatelecom is to get access to Batelco's international Internet facilities at a fraction of the price it was originally charged, the Gulf Daily News reports.

The decision could drive down the cost of internet access for customers, quicker downloads, and improved performance, experts told the paper.

"Determining the price for this service removes the final barrier to direct access to international facilities and will allow Menatelecom and other licensed operators greater commercial freedom and lower costs than previously available to them directly through Batelco," Dr Alex Serot, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) market and competition director, told the paper.

According to the report, the TRA ordered the price cut after Menatelecom complained it was being overcharged for access to Batelco's internet facility.

The watchdog has now fixed the charge for internet access at BD9,749 ($25,800) a year, down from BD45,600 ($121,000) Batelco was seeking.