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Bahrain May Ask New Entrants to Bid for 4G Network, Alwasat Says

July 09, 2012

Bahrain government may ask new telecom companies to bid for high-speed next-generation telecommunications networks, Alwasat newspapers reported, citing a government plan.

The government will ask new firms to bid if the number of the current licensed companies in the kingdom isn’t enough to provide long-term evolution, or fourth generation services, the Bahraini daily said, citing the plan that was issued on July 5. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority will seek bids for the 4G network at the end of this year, the newspaper said.

The government may also directly intervene in the market to provide high-speed broadband services if current providers are unable to add more subscribers to high-speed broadband networks, according to the newspaper. The government is aware that current prices charged to customers are low and not helping companies to invest further to upgrade the high-speed broadband network, the newspaper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Wael Mahdi in Manama at wmahdi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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