Bahrain mobile subscribers hit 1.7m - regulator

Gulf kingdom's TRA also says 22,000 customers switch operators since July
Bahrain mobile subscribers hit 1.7m - regulator
Mobile phone subscribers in Bahrain reached about 1.7 million by the end of 2011
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 30 Jan 2012 07:48 PM

Mobile phone subscribers in Bahrain reached about 1.7 million by the end of 2011, with a penetration rate of 133 percent, the Gulf kingdom's telecoms regulator said on Monday.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said in a report that since the introduction of number portability in mid July, about 22,000 numbers have been ported.

At the end of 2011, there were approximately 290,000 internet subscribers in Bahrain, all of whom were broadband subscribers, an increase of 42 percent compared to 2010, the report added.

Broadband penetration in Bahrain reached 23 percent last year, the TRA said, representing a total of 126,000 mobile broadband subscribers.

Fixed lines totalled about 242,000 in Bahrain by the end of 2011, equating to a penetration of 19 percent.

Mohamed Hamad Bubashait, the TRA's general director, said: "The statistics provided in this report show the positive impact that the sector liberalisation and the legal framework has had on the performance of the sector.

"This report demonstrates that the steps taken by TRA to promote and safeguard competition have delivered benefits to consumers. This has had a big impact on the growth in revenue, employees, subscribers, and the number of minutes, as well as reductions in prices paid by subscribers."

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