The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain has issued the final order to Batelco to commercially launch its Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) service by May 22 this year.
The service is to allow other licenced operators in Bahrain to provide alternative broadband and fixed services over Batelco’s fixed network.
Once operational, other licenced operators in Bahrain are expected to be able to rent Batelco’s local loop at the rate of BD 4.090 ($10.85) per month per loop.
Dr Mohammed Al Amer, chairman of Bahrain TRA, said: “Making last mile of Batelco’s copper network available for competition under fair and reasonable terms will encourage other operators to invest in network developments and increase the competitive supply of internet services, and should result in better prices, higher speed, and higher download thresholds.”
Dr Al Amer also said that enabling other operators in the Kingdom to access Batelco’s copper network is another way of delivering fixed internet and telephony services with more choice and packages to both home users and businesses.
Prior to the commercial launch of LLU, Bahrain TRA is to host a workshop to explain LLU to interested operators in order to prepare them for the commercial launch including how to utilise the service and offer competing fixed services over Batelco’s copper network.