Company: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) - Bahrain
Designation: Director general
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,
, 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
. And yet Horne is unrelenting in his assertion that the TRA is on the right track.
has actually achieved many positive things which we applaud them for,” he told
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.”