TRA Bahrain is developing a new economic regulatory framework to support and promote the Fourth National Telecommunications Plan, by defining the rules and obligations for operators to support the Plan’s goals and deliver the single network policy. The regulator recently sat down with Batelco, Viva, and Zain to discuss the development of technical solutions between Batelco and the mobile operators that will allow consumers to benefit from better quality mobile services.
In the transitional period prior to the finalisation of the economic regulatory framework, Batelco will continue to supply wholesale services to mobile operators. TRA Bahrain wants to ensure that during this period Batelco’s wholesale products and services meet mobile network operators’ reasonable business requirements. For this, it invited mobile operators along with Batelco to its headquarters to discuss the way forward.
Sh. Nasser bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, TRA Acting General Director said: “The National Telecom Plan, which is revised every three years at the highest levels of government, is always a future focused approach geared towards improving the sector for all stakeholders. Delivering on government policies that fall under the plan is an essential priority for TRA, and the National Broadband Network is a huge pillar that will contribute to the fourth iteration.
“This meeting was a productive step towards achieving that goal, and the next step for TRA is to finalise the upcoming economic regulatory framework which will support this key reform.”