TMCNet:  Telecom auction [Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)]

[January 30, 2013]

Telecom auction [Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)]

(Gulf Daily News (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) MANAMA: Bahrain is set to auction radio spectrum for next-generation networks.

The three existing mobile operators, however, said yesterday that any further competition may jeopardise their financial viability.

The auction will comprise five lots of spectrum primarily for long-term evolution, or 4G networks, which the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said were inadequate in an earlier strategy document.

The winning bidders were expected to be announced in April.

In a consultation report on the TRA website, the current operators - Batelco, Kuwaiti group Zain and VIVA Bahrain, an affiliate of Saudi Telecom Company - said the auction should be restricted to them and WiMax operator Menatelecom, a subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House.

Besides the three mobile operators, 10 Internet providers also serve Bahrain.

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