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No direction on mobile package prices: Bahrain TRA

MANAMA, July 31, 2017

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has clarified that it has not issued any directions with regard to mobile package pricing in the kingdom.

“Due to the volume of enquiries regarding mobile packages, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority would like to clarify that any changes in retail services in the mobile market are purely a commercial decision made by mobile providers due to competition among them and that TRA has not issued any directions with regards to pricing,” a statement from TRA said.

“TRA would also like to outline that the mobile market in the Kingdom of Bahrain is highly competitive and that ex ante regulation of retail services in this market has been removed according to TRA’s Determination on Significant Market Power Designation which was published in 2008. The removal of ex ante regulation for this sector came following TRA’s announcement of introducing a third mobile operator in the same year.

“The mobile market in Bahrain has seen a significant development since the introduction of the third mobile operator and the removal of the ex ante regulation of mobile retail services,” said  TRA’s manager of consumer affairs Mariam Almannai.

“The latest market indicators issued by TRA show that telecoms service prices have fallen by 73 per cent between 2008 and 2016 and the number of mobile subscriptions has doubled to 3 million subscriptions by the end of 2016. Mobile penetration has reached 213 per cent at the end of the same year. The indicators show how the decisions taken by TRA are effective in enhancing competition and meeting the needs of subscribers and users in this market,” she added.

Almannai also stated: “As part of its mission to maintain the interests of subscribers and promote competition, TRA continuously monitors the ongoing developments in the kingdom's telecommunications market and takes the necessary measures to protect the interests of subscribers and users and promote and ensure continued fair and effective competition between telecommunications providers.”

Meanwhile, TRA, in implementing the objectives of the Fourth National Telecommunications Plan (NTP4), is in the process of conducting a comprehensive strategic study of the mobile market. The study will help identify future developments, including technologies, market trends and business models, it said.

The study will also recommend a set of regulatory measures to ensure further strengthening of this vital and important sector in line with the objectives of the NTP4.

TRA is also in the process of issuing new regulations aimed at protecting the interests of subscribers in general and establishing standard procedures for resolving disputes relating to telecommunications services emerging between subscribers and telecommunications providers, it added. - TradeArabia News Service


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