Bahrain's Batelco is being split up.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain has launched the final consultation stage for the separation of Bahraini operator Batelco into different entities.
A new wholesale-only entity - called NBNetco BSC - will be formed by the separation of Batelco into two distinct legal entities. NBNetco will operate and deploy the single national broadband infrastructure (NBN) in Bahrain on the basis of which all telecom services, including 5G, will be provided.
“It took over 70 meetings over the course of three years to achieve this key milestone,” said Sh. Nasser Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, Acting General Director of the TRA.
He added: “Consumers can look forward to innovative and advanced broadband services, lower prices, better quality of service and more benefits. With NBN available for wholesale, there is room for more market players to benefit from this national network and compete on a level playing field, and consumers will be able to reap the rewards of more innovative services.”
The deadline for public responses to this consultation is April 25. The TRA will then review responses in preparing its final order, which will be issued in May of this year.