Mobile broadband costs down in Bahrain
Manama, May 19, 2014
Mobile broadband costs in Bahrain fell by up to 65 per cent between 2012 and 2013, according to figures released by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
The retail price benchmarking study also revealed that fixed broadband prices had fallen by up to 38 per cent that year, while mobile phone call tariffs plummeted by up to 40 per cent over the past five years, said a Gulf Daily News report.
TRA general director Mohamed Bubashait said the survey provided further evidence of competition within Bahrain's telecommunications markets.
"The benchmark results are also consistent with the authority's recent analysis of competition in the broadband market in Bahrain, where we concluded that effective and sustainable competition between mass-market fixed and mobile broadband services meant that extant regulation is no longer needed," he said.
"Since the authority's decision was published in March, further price reductions for residential broadband services have been observed in addition to those reported in the latest benchmarking study."
Bubashait said it was encouraging to see the benefits of price competition emerging in relation to national calls.
"Increasing substitution between fixed and mobile calls appears to have led to a significant reduction in the cost to consumers of making domestic calls from their fixed lines," he said. - TradeArabia News Service