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Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Bahrain 2015

Privatisation and liberalisation initiatives have led to increased competition in the Bahraini telecoms sector in recent years, making it one of the most dynamic in the kingdom’s economy, with telecommunications accounting for roughly 4% of GDP in 2012. Mobile penetration stood at 166% in 2013, well above the regional average of 110% and the global average of 96% while the roll out of 4G long-...

As the region faces up to the challenge of the recent drop in oil prices, Bahrain’s fundamentals indicate the kingdom is well positioned to weather the dip. The focus on diversification goals outlined in Economic Vision 2030 is helping establish a more competitive and sustainable economy in the kingdom. The financial sector, which represents Bahrain’s second-largest GDP contributor, has continued to recover robustly since the global economic downturn.

Efforts to strengthen Bahrain’s digital economy will begin in earnest next year when the kingdom launches a major upgrade of its broadband internet infrastructure.

As Bahrain’s data network providers have sought to meet the needs of the latest mobile smartphones, observers of the kingdom’s telecommunications market have noted the need to expand the radio spectrum. As far back as 2011, Reuters was reporting that the telecommunications operators within Bahrain were clamouring for access to additional portions of...

Throughout the 20th century the economy in Bahrain made a significant transition from pearl diving to hydrocarbons. In the 21st century, the kingdom has begun to shift the emphasis of its economy once again, this time towards what the Third National Telecommunications Plan (TNTP) calls a digital economy. In recent years, Bahrain’s IT sector has been...

Since the introduction of market liberalisation 10 years ago, the government has tried to foster the provision of faster and more affordable internet access as one of its key development goals. This effectively led to the creation in 2003 of the Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX), which operates within the market as a neutral and non-profit...