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Alan Horne
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Alan Horne

Industry: Technology

Company: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) - Bahrain

Designation: Director general

Country: Bahrain

Citizenship: United Kingdom

Occupation: Director general

Alan Horne is the unflappable director general of Bahrain’s Telecoms Regulatory Agency (TRA), the body credited by many as having created one of the most dynamic and competitive telecoms markets in the Middle East.

A host of WiMAX players jostle with VoIP providers for market share, while the two mobile operators,
Batelco

and
Zain

, will be joined by
Saudi Telecommunications Co

later this year.

In a population of around 1.1 million, mobile penetration in Bahrain hit 131 percent at the end of 2008. The island state has a high degree of broadband penetration, and the combined revenues of the country’s telecoms operators soared to $796m last year, a rise of 6.3 percent from 2007.

Since the TRA was established in 2002, there has been a significant push toward liberalisation, despite vociferous complaints from incumbent operator
Batelco

. And yet Horne is unrelenting in his assertion that the TRA is on the right track.


Batelco

has actually achieved many positive things which we applaud them for,” he told
Arabian Business

earlier this year. “They have improved services, their quality of service, and pricing, and why have they done that? What’s stimulated them to do that? Competition.”