The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) granted additional frequency licenses to mobile operators in the 800 and 2600 MHz bands, revealed Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed.

He added that this comes following the after the approval of the Council of Ministers in line with the 4th National Telecommunications Plan and to meet the increasing demand for mobile services in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

This step coincides with the changing pattern of consumer use of mobile services. Data consumption rates have grown steadily over the past years as demand for data services, especially social networking applications, has increased, requiring additional frequencies to meet the needs and expectations of consumers.

TRA announced it has contracted with a specialized consulting company to find out the best mechanisms for granting frequency licenses to operators in line with the characteristics of the telecommunications sector in Bahrain in addition to adopting the best international practices in this regard. TRA has published two consultation documents which examined the views of operators and manufacturers on the most appropriate mechanism for granting frequency licenses.

Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed assured that granting process came to ensure optimal use of this national resource. He added that the ministry looks forward to operators’ continued efforts to develop mobile networks and services which will promote Bahrain’s leading position in the telecommunications sector regionally and internationally.