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Bahrain’s regulator rules on mobile competition

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has published a final determination in its review of competition in the wholesale mobile termination market, concluding that messaging termination services on mobile operators should no longer be subject to ex-ante regulation, while the wholesale market for call termination services remains under ex-ante regulation by TRA. “These determinations have been taken based on the recent developments and changes in the market. The number of messages sent by residential customers has significantly declined due to the existence of other alternatives such as internet applications. Moreover, the prices of messaging termination services on mobile networks in Bahrain are much lower than those in the developed countries.” Says TRA director of market and competition, Mohamed Yusuf AlBinali: “This determination will allow licensees in Bahrain to flexibly compete with foreign companies in providing SMS services specifically to business customers, thereby thriving their revenues for the benefit of the national economy. It could also reduce the volume of random and anonymous text messages.” Read more

  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

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