Bahrain TRA extends 2Connect shutdown deadline
Telecoms operator now has until 23rd April to wrap up all services in the country
The deadline for 2Connect to stop all telecommunications services in Bahrain has been extended from 27th march to 23rd April by the Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
"The deadline has been extended by TRA in order to allow all customers of 2Connect to smoothly transition their services to another operator of choice" said Ahmed Aldoseri, TRA's director of Information and Communications Technologies.
According to Aldoseri, the TRA "is committed to the continuity of the telecommunication services of businesses operating in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and will endeavor to avoid any disruption to the communications of such businesses".
The TRA has now met with both local and international 2Connect partners to provide support during the shutdown of the service and has issued guidelines for 2Connect customers on how best to change their services from their existing provider as quickly as possible.
Bahrain's TRA announced the shutdown on 20th March and at first stated the deadline would be exactly one week later.
No reason has yet been given for the cessation of services, but a previous director of 2Connect, Ibrahim Sharif, was arrested last week in government clampdowns.
Sharif is also the head of opposition party Waad.