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Bahrain broadband subscriptions up 9pc in Q2

MANAMA, September 17, 2019

The number of broadband subscriptions in Bahrain reached to 2.34 million subscriptions at the end of the second quarter (Q2) of 2019, with an increase of 9 per cent compared to Q2 2018, said the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in a new report.

Broadband penetration rate in Bahrain reached to 156 per cent compared to 143 per cent for the same period of the last year, said TRA’s Q2 Market Indicators Report for 2019. Data consumption increased to 18 per cent compared to the same period of the last year.

The average monthly data consumption in fixed wired broadband reached to 192 GB per subscription while fixed wireless broadband reached to 117 GB per subscription and mobile standalone usage per subscription is stable at 19 GB.

With regard to mobile services, the number of mobile subscriptions is beginning to stabilize at 2.08 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter of 2019 with a penetration rate of 139 per cent after seeing a downward trend since the beginning of 2017 due to the change in consumer behaviour in terms of usage and mobile operators’ change of some components of available packages.

With regard to outgoing voice calls, mobile voice traffic continue its decline as it declined by 14 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2018.

Fixed Telephony Line subscriptions increased slightly compared to the end of the last year, while the fixed wireless telephony services dropped by 9.26 per cent, however, the fixed wired telephony increased by 1.92 per cent.

Fixed domestic calls remain stable between the first quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019, while international fixed line calls dropped by 25.67 per cent between the second quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019. – TradeArabia News Service



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