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TRA and Batelco officials at the meeting

TRA discusses Batelco separation; says move on track

MANAMA, April 2, 2019

The Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has held a meeting with Batelco, the kingdom's leading telecom company, over the latest developments in the company's separation process.
 
This is the latest in a series of meetings and public consultations the TRA has held with the industry in order to ensure the successful implementation of the 4th National Telecommunications Plan (NTP4), including the separation of Batelco into two entities, said a TRA statement. 
 
The separation guildelines issued by TRA last year states that the authority expects that Batelco will implement separation by the transfer of staff and assets to the  Separated Entity (SE) from Batelco. The new entity is to be efficiently resourced to deploy and operate the NBN and associated wholesale products and services, as outlined in NTP4. 
 
The TRA is satisfied that the project remains on track and that ultimately the requirements of the sector will be fully addressed.
 
The TRA considers the separation process as fundamental to the new industry structure, which will result in the establishment of a new economic regulatory framework in line with government’s policy directions under the fourth National Telecommunications Plan.  Ultimately, the new framework should result in enhanced services for consumers, unprecedented broadband speeds and state of the art suite of services to support the business sector. 
 
The TRA is confident that its work will contribute to Bahrain becoming the strategic investment destination of choice and a regional centre for information technology and digital communications, the TRA statement said. - TradeArabia News Service



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