TRA presents Arab retail price benchmarking study
Manama, June 9, 2013
Bahrain telecom watchdog Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) delivered a major presentation on the Arab retail price benchmarking study at a meeting of the Arab Regulators' Network (Aregnet) in Rabat, Morocco.
The study was conducted by TRA on behalf of Aregnet, and in collaboration with an independent consulting company that specialises in telecommunications services price benchmarking.
This study compares the cost of telecommunications services provided to different segments of consumers in terms of usage, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
It also covers all retail prices in Arab countries compared with the prices in the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The meeting adopted a draft law on information and communication technology in the region as a consultation paper for Arab countries. It discussed the importance of protecting children online and the role of customers, governments and Internet service providers.
The meeting reviewed Aregnet's strategic plan to implement projects that would develop the telecommunications and information technology sector in Arab countries through the strengthening of relations between them.
Participants also probed plans to encourage investment and the adoption of necessary measures and policies through co-operation and co-ordination between the Arab countries in the field of telecommunications and information technology.
The TRA delegation included finance manager Shadi bin Shamsan Al Wasawasi, licensing and spectrum manager Abdulrahman bin Hisham Al Suwaidi and telecommunications market analyst Saeed Ahmed Mashkoor.
The meeting focused on cloud computing in the region and how to stimulate its use, especially for small and medium-sized companies.
Participants also discussed consumer protection issues and ways of solving cross-border problems, and the role of Arab regulators to facilitate effective communication on the Aregnet's website.-TradeArabia News Service