Batelco gets regulatory reprieve from TRA
Manama, March 10, 2013
Bahrain's leading telecom services operator Batelco will no longer be obliged to offer wholesale international services on a regulated basis, according to a new ruling by Bahrain's telecom watchdog.
Following a review of competition in international markets, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has concluded that Batelco is not dominant in two wholesale markets in which international services are supplied and that no other operator holds a position of dominance, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The TRA's finding that Batelco is not dominant in the supply of wholesale international services is an important step in ensuring that regulatory intervention only focuses on markets in which there is dominance of market power.
This is the first decision in which an operator previously holding a dominant position in a wholesale market has now been found not to be dominant, the report stated.
"This is an important decision as it results in the removal of regulatory obligations in a wholesale market where competition has started to emerge," remarked TRA general director Mohamed Bubashait.
"There is an increasingly diverse range of options for sourcing international capacity into and out of Bahrain, and it is important to ensure that the regulatory framework in the kingdom is adapted to reflect these recent competitive developments," he added.
In reviewing competition in the relevant markets, TRA took into account the arrival of a number of competing international cables into Bahrain, as well as recent efforts by other licensed operators to develop their own capacity using fibre through Saudi Arabia.
TRA also took into account submissions received from operators on a draft determination that was issued for public consultation during 2012.-TradeArabia News Service
More IT & Telecommunications Stories
- Etisalat sets ultimatum for SIM card registration
- Acer targets double digit growth in Saudi
- UAE mobile radiation levels below global standards
- Arpu's T-Pay gateway draws top game vendors
- SAP unveils new cloud platform
- Zain launches smartphone insurance
- Windows XP users warned on usage risks
- Tecom units welcome 181 new companies
- Ooredoo chairman joins WB gender equality council
- Mobily, Jasper start wireless M2M service
- Telecom Egypt expects mobile licence in Mar or Apr
- Sandvine wins big Etisalat follow-on order
- Aveva software for engineering plant design
- Nawras to upgrade VSat services across Oman
- Mobily, Huawei sign smart network contract
- Etisalat, Tata launch video connect service
- Talia seals new partnership with Thuraya
- 4-pillar approach for telecom operators to boost growth
- Dubai mobile emissions below global standards
- Nawras signs capacity contract with SES
- Etisalat showcases satellite solutions at Cabsat
- Batelco launches 4G LTE roaming
- Gulf Air clinches best innovation award
- Viva inks Pepsi partnership deal
- Du offers free smarphones on tablet purchase
- Batelco launches double credit promotion
- Cyber threats focus of Bahrain security talks
- Bahrain tech expo to honour innovators
- Scope ME named distributor for InfoWatch
- Nawras quadruples 3G+ mobile services