Bahrain mobile phone users surge to 1.9m
Manama, December 30, 2012
Bahrain has registered tremendous growth in all areas of mobile telecom services, including mobile traffic and revenues, and now boasts of 1.9 million mobile subscribers, representing a penetration rate of 158 per cent at half year, said a report.
There is an increase in all areas of mobile services including mobile traffic and revenues, add-on data services and overall mobile service subscriber penetration, the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication, reported citing the latest market indicators by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Domestic mobile-originated traffic reached 5.1 billion minutes last year, an increase of 35 per cent from the previous year.
Mobile telephone services continue to be a significant market segment, accounting for 46 per cent of retail telecoms services revenues, which was up from 44 per cent in 2010.
Mobile-originated international outgoing minutes made up 92 per cent of the total international outgoing minutes last year.
"Consumers have taken advantage of developments in mobile phone services offered in Bahrain, resulting in a steady increase in subscribers and revenues," said Minister of State for Telecommunications Affairs Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.
The report also indicated a dramatic rise in BlackBerry users.
By the end of last year, there were 210,000 BlackBerry subscribers, representing 12.5 per cent of all mobile subscribers and a considerable increase of 123 per cent from 2010.
There were approximately 43,700 mobile users who subscribed to add-on data services, at the end of 2011 compared to 11,500 in the previous year.
"There is significant growth in the mobile telecoms market, which has been very positively impacted by the healthy competition between the three mobile networks operating in Bahrain since 2009," said Shaikh Fawaz.
"This is borne out by the increase in mobile subscription penetration, up from 130 per cent in 2008 to the current 158 per cent.
"There is a 176 per cent increase in domestic mobile calls between 2008 and 2011 as well as an increase of 570 per cent in mobile broadband services in the two-year period between June 2010 and June 2012."
The seventh market indicators report released by the TRA covers analyses and statistics from the beginning of last year through the second quarter of this year.-TradeArabia News Service