Batelco, Bahrain’s incumbent telecom operator, is planning to remove 198 of the country’s 1100 payphones.
The telco is targeting the country’s least-used phone booths, some of which have been unused for more than a year.
“The trend towards personal mobile handsets has somewhat affected the use of payphones in some locations,” said Ahmed Al Janahi, Batelco Group’s general manager for media relations. “This exercise is designed to improve efficiency and relocate those sets which have not been used for more than a year.”
Batelco has marked the phone booths targeted for removal with stickers asking customers to contact it within 60 days if they have any objections to the plans.
“The object of this investigation is to serve our customers better by offering them a chance to raise any concerns they might have with the removal of certain payphones in the selected areas,” Al Janahi added.