By Elsa Baxter
Tariffs to be reduced to 340 fils in first year and 250 fils in second year - TRA.
Bahraini mobile phone customers are set to see roaming charges cut by up to 38 percent from September 1, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has said.
The watchdog is currently working on implementing the cuts following an agreement by the GCC Telecommunications Ministers Committee to cap tariffs at a meeting in Kuwait earlier this month.
At the moment, customers pay up to 550 fils per minute for GCC roaming charges, the TRA said in a statement.
However, under the new cap charges could be reduced to around 340 fils in the first year and 250 fils in the second year.
The charges will be reviewed on annual basis to ensure that consumers benefit from the updated prices, and operators will still be able to agree special rates provided they are lower that the recommended prices to their customers, the statement said.
“This recommendation, when implemented, will support cross border business activities and support growth in the roaming traffic,” said Dr Mohammed Al Amer, TRA chairman and acting general director.