Bahrain is home to one of the most liberalised telecoms markets in the Middle East. Although it is a relatively small market, with a population of 1.3m in 2014, according to the Central Informatics Organisation, its official statistics agency, the country is keen to leverage the telecoms sector to facilitate broader economic growth, and the authorities are continuing to promote both new entrants and investment in networks. Bahrain’s telecoms market is witnessing a period of consolidation, with…
Telecoms & IT
From The Report: Bahrain 2016
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Bahrain is home to one of the most liberalised telecoms sectors in the Middle East. Although it is a relatively small market, the country is keen to leverage telecommunications to facilitate broader economic growth, with the third National Telecommunications Plan, issued in 2012 and running until end-2015, envisaging the industry as a key enabler of socioeconomic development. Data services have continued to witness exploding demand in the country, with mobile broadband accounting for 38% of usage in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 35% in the first quarter. In response to expected continued growth trajectories, the government has allocated funds of $68.5m between 2013 and 2017 for the further development of the national broadband network.
This chapter contains an interview with Muna Al Hashemi, CEO, Batelco.