Broadband internet use in Bahrain skyrockets
Manama, June 2, 2014
The number of broadband Internet users in Bahrain has increased dramatically over the past two years, Minister of State for Telecommunications Affairs Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa revealed.
In the weekly Cabinet session, the minister said broadband Internet use skyrocketed by 30.5 per cent from 2012 to 2013, with a total of 1.63 million subscribers, reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Mobile phone services were also up four per cent at the end of 2013, he said, with 2.21 million subscriptions.
The prices for both mobile and fixed line broadband services decreased between 2012 to 2013, Shaikh Fawaz announced, with mobile prices reducing by 65 per cent and fixed line by 38 per cent.
Meanwhile, new figures have revealed that there are two million mobile phones in Bahrain - an increase of four per cent between 2012 and 2013.
Its broadband Internet services recorded 1.63 million subscribers at the end of 2013, an increase of 30.5 per cent in 2012 and 2013,
The kingdom's fixed telephone services recorded 251,000 subscribers at the end of 2013, of whom 35 per cent used fixed wireless technology (WiMax).
Mobile broadband service prices fell by 65 per cent and fixed line broadband service by 38 per cent between 2012 and 2013. - TradeArabia News Service