TRA fixes price floors for inbound calls
Manama, September 30, 2012
Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has fixed price floors for all wholesale international inbound traffic.
The price floors are: 12 fils per minute for calls to fixed subscribers, and 22 fils per minute for calls to mobile subscribers, said a statement.
Wholesale inbound services are supplied by licensed operators in Bahrain to foreign telecommunications operators to enable the completion of international telephone calls to subscribers in Bahrain.
On 26 January 2012, the authority issued for consultation a draft regulation establishing price floors for wholesale inbound services supplied to other GCC operators. Having reviewed the submissions received on the consultation, the authority decided that the price floors should apply to all international inbound traffic.
While the authority generally supports cost-based prices, the circumstances relating to the supply of wholesale inbound services to foreign operators justify the use of above-cost price floors for these specific services, it said.
In particular, in recent years the wholesale charges for these services have been falling, reducing the cost for foreign operators to supply international calls into Bahrain. However, these cost reductions have not been passed through by other GCC operators into their retail call charges.
The authority considers that the price floors will ensure that economic profits will be retained in Bahrain, for the benefit of Bahraini users of telecommunications services.
The authority also considers that the fixed and mobile termination rates applying to international inbound traffic should be cost-based, as these are critical inputs into the supply of wholesale inbound services, it said. - TradeArabia News Service
More IT & Telecommunications Stories
- Kuwait moves to create telecoms watchdog
- Batelco backs Royal Fund for Martyrs
- Egypt's Global Telecom posts $749m Q4 loss
- Red Hat launches open source BPM suite
- Batelco announces new board
- Batelco offers improved broadband
- You don't own phone numbers, warns TRA
- Tech giants back top Qatar ICT event
- Du to provide wifi access in public areas
- Zain finalises $800m, five-year loan facility
- Ooredoo Q4 net profit falls 36pc to $140m
- Mobily, Etisalat team up for LTE roaming
- Batelco approves $84m dividends for 2013
- Etisalat Q4 profit rises 70pc to $394m
- Kenya telecom firm to join Etisalat SmartHub
- Aruba appoints new sales director
- Du enters $1.17 billion financing deals
- VIVA extends 4G LTE offer
- Batelco to update students with latest technologies
- Etisalat SmartHub seals IPX agreement
- Etisalat picks Alcatel for LTE network expansion
- Boeing, QCRI host machine learning forum
- Mobily provides 4G LTE international roaming
- Viva Kuwait, Huawei to set up innovation centre
- Etisalat, Airtel deal to boost network services
- Batelco offers 4G LTE backup solution
- Arbor unveils ‘Peakflow’ solution
- Etisalat launches enterprise mobility services
- STC launches advanced 4G network
- Dubai to host ITU global summit