Mobilk - The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) Board of Directors held their second meeting this year, at TRA’s headquarters in the Seef District.
During the meeting, Board members discussed key issues related to the telecommunications sector; in particular those that are of interest to the general public. This includes the progress of the projects related to the Fourth National Telecommunications Plan (NTP4) and the progress of achieving the NTP4’s objective of establishing the National Broadband Network (“NBN”), which is supported through a single fixed fibre network. These projects are considered important to address consumers’ concerns and promote their welfare, which is a step towards achieving the vision and policy of Bahrain’s leadership.
The Board also discussed the market review conducted by TRA for the access to international connectivity to which the Board expressed their appreciation to TRA for its outstanding efforts in providing sufficient and reliable international services which is a key element to achieve the Kingdom’s strategic vision and enhance the competitive position of Bahrain in the region. As a big proportion of the international capacity is used to serve consumers with reliable and world-class telecoms services.
The Board also discussed the latest market indicators in Bahrain which highlight the continued growth of the sector and the rapid increase in using the most advanced telecommunications technologies and services. The Board commended TRA on its leading role in the progress and development of the sector.
The Board also praised TRA for its efforts in working towards enabling the launch of 5G networks through securing the necessary spectrum and adequate frequency licenses to keep pace with the latest developments in telecommunications technologies and services for the benefit of consumers in Bahrain. This makes it among the first countries in the region to launch a 5G network.
In addition, the Board discussed updates related to regulating and rectifying the telecoms towers situation in Bahrain which is of a high importance in the telecommunications sector. They hailed the endeavors and the actions taken by TRA to rectify the telecoms towers situation and find the appropriate solutions in coordination with the concerned government bodies, in particular the development of a rectification plan which focuses on important aspects as a priority among other things.
Moreover, The Board expressed their appreciation to TRA for its significant efforts in launching registration for Domain Names (.bh & (.البحرين, which enables consumers to register domain names (.bh & .البحرين) through several local and global channels providing consumer choice and competition in the domain name market place.
The Board also discussed updates related to the SIM Card Registration Regulation and its progress indicators as to prepaid and postpaid registration.
The Board expressed their thanks and appreciation to the TRA management for its support and professionalism and outstanding role in developing the sector.
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