TRA to outsource key operations
Manama, April 22, 2008
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is planning to outsource key operations in Bahrain to a new department.
It is inviting proposals from engineering firms to operate the Telecommunications Technical Office (TTO).
The office performs as the interface between the telecommunications industry and official bodies involved in the public and private infrastructure deployment such as the central planning unit (CPU) of Works Ministry.
The functions of the TTO include obtaining all the necessary permits for operators through the CPU, notify all public telecommunications network operators of procedures to protect their networks when excavation work is conducted and maintain an interface system on a 24/7 basis for the industry for emergency cases.
It will provide information about major roads, other utilities, real estate developments projects to operators to enable efficient and effective planning of telecommunications infrastructure.
The TTO will also offer technical advice and recommendations, encourage co-ordination between operators of work for infrastructure deployment and ensure that all conditions outlined in the guidelines for telecommunications infrastructure deployment are implemented by operators.
"The creation of the TTO will assist the opening up of the market to infrastructure being put in place by new competing operators, further adding to the choice in their service provider for voice, data and Internet services," said TRA general director Alan Horne.
"As part of TRA's duty to promote fair and effective competition among licensed operators, TRA set up the TTO to enable all appropriately licensed operators to have access to the public and private properties for the purpose of laying out their networks," said TRA manager for telecommunications access Adel Al Showaikh.
TRA will closely monitor the performance of the appointed firm to ensure that they are meeting all the roles and responsibilities of the TTO, he added.-TradeArabia News Service