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Bahrain TRA plans for 2012

Authority plans to develop further competition, address developing technological challenges

Bahrain TRA plans for 2012
Bahrain TRA is planning to develop further competition in the sector in 2012.

The Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) hosted its annual review meeting with representatives of licensed telecommunications operators on 19th January 2012.

The review looked at the highlights of the Bahrain telecommunications industry in 2011 and discussed the TRA's strategic work plan for 2012.

"The global ICT sector is facing rapid changes that mandate regulators to put more effort into addressing these changes. We are pleased of what has been achieved since the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in 2002. Today we have a highly developed and balanced regulatory environment that ensures continuous development of competition within the Kingdom's telecommunications sector," said Bahrain TRA chairman, Dr Mohammed Al Amer.

The TRA is planning to develop further competition, protect the interests of consumers and address developing technological changes in 2012.

"TRA is working to provide more flexibility to the regulatory framework, aiming to meet the technological changes and challenges and to provide ultra-high speed broadband services in Bahrain. We certainly look forward to continue fulfilling the aspirations of industry stakeholders in the coming year, and are fully aware of the importance of ensuring that the telecommunications industry successfully supports the growth of all other industries in Bahrain," said TRA's general director, Mohamed Bubashait.

In 2011, the Bahrain TRA developed new telecommunications services for its customers, the telecommunications sector currently contributes approximately 4% of GDP of the Kingdom and provides more than 2600 jobs, according to Bubashait.

"Since its inception, TRA has implemented most of its mandates under the Telecommunications Law, and has overseen the development of competition in the market in a fair and transparent manner. TRA has removed all barriers to entry and provided profitable opportunities for existing and new investors to do business in the telecommunications market," he added.

The Bahrain TRA was recognised in December 2011 by the South Asia Middle East and North Africa (SAMENA) Telecommunications Council as the Most Progressive Regulator of the Year 2011.

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