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Mon 14 May 2007 05:39 PM

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Bahrain delays new mobile licences

Kingdom's telecoms watchdog is waiting for a strategic review before giving new licences.

Bahrain's telecoms watchdog is delaying its decision to grant a third mobile licence in the kingdom until the results of its strategic review of the market are complete, it was announced today.

The country's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is waiting to receive responses from consumers and businesses resulting from a survey it conducted last week.

The TRA has already completed its review and analysis of responses received from local and international service providers and suppliers.

However, "it is evident that the issue requires additional information, such as consumer and business views on whether or not to license additional mobile service providers," said Alan Horne, general director at TRA.

"TRA intends to obtain this feedback via the survey related to the strategic review of the market."

The announcement follows a review of responses to a consultation document issued last July.

TRA received nine responses to this document from both local and international service providers and suppliers, but none from consumers or business users.

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