TRA probes telecom set-up for new properties
Manama, June 15, 2009
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain held a workshop on the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure in new property developments.
The workshop, with a group of more than 40 representatives from telecommunications companies, investors and property developers, aimed at supporting telecommunications industry, in understanding the TRA's proposed regulatory treatment recently published for public consultation and gather their views and feedback before finalising the document.
TRA appreciates that certainty with regard to regulatory framework applicable to the provision of telecommunications infrastructure and services in new developments is very important for investors in developing their business plans and ensuring the supply of high quality competitive telecommunications services.
Such telecommunications services are vital for developers to attract consumers and businesses tenants to their new developments and realise their investments.
"It is a collective responsibility between the TRA, licensed operators and property developers to ensure that residents of Bahrain have the right to enjoy benefits of competition and the ability to choose their provider regardless where they live or work," said TRA general director Alan Horne.
"We will be closely working with the industry for a creative solution to achieve this goal."
The key elements of the regulatory strategy proposed by TRA are a focused contribution of developers towards the deployment of passive telecommunications infrastructure including ducts, chambers, manholes and cables; open access policy ensuring competitive choice of telecommunications services for consumers; consistent application of the existing regulatory framework to telecommunications in new developments. – TradeArabia News Service