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Viva launches HSPA+ service in Bahrain

Operator allows home broadband users to choose between prepaid and postpaid services.

Viva launches HSPA+ service in Bahrain
Viva Bahrain, the country's third mobile operator, launched its HSPA+ services to reach speeds of upto 42 Mbps.

Viva Bahrain, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's STC Group, has launched its 42Mbps HSPA+ network in Bahrain, according to a report from the Daily Tribune, a local newspaper.

The network upgrade coincides with the mobile operator's launch of broadband dongles and home and business broadband routers that can give speeds of up to 42 Mpbs.

Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman Al Omar, CEO of Viva said that the new speeds come with no extra charge for its customers. The Viva home broadband service allows its subscribers to choose between prepaid and postpaid services at high speeds as all routers support prepaid recharge and check balance, he added.

The new broadband devices are to be available at all Viva branches and they can be used with any of the existing competitive packages on offer.

The postpaid broadband is available in four different packages from a minimum of 3GB data available for a monthly fee of BD5 ($13.3) to an unlimited usage for BD30 ($79.6) per month. In the prepaid category, the starter kit is charged at BD3 ($8) with 1GB free data valid for a month.

In February this year, Viva signed a $280 million long-term financing agreement with HSBC Bahrain and Samba, a Saudi Arabian bank, the funding of which is to be used for its growth and expansion in Bahrain.

Viva Bahrain launched its services as the country's third mobile operator in March 2010.

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