Broadband prices in Bahrain compare very well regionally

Mobile voice minutes dropped by 15% while data increased by 16% over the period 2016-2017

Broadband prices in Bahrain compare very well regionally

Seef District, Kingdom of Bahrain – The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain published a report on the retail price benchmarking study of telecommunications services in Arab countries for 2017. TRA carried out this study on behalf of the Arab Regulators Network (“AREGNET”), and has commissioned Strategy Analytics, an independent consulting firm that specializes in tariff comparisons, to undertake the study. The study compares prices of the telecommunications services in Arab countries with those in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries (OECD).

The results of the study reveal that based on a set of agreed baskets, the prices of fixed and mobile broadband services in Bahrain compare very well regionally, and that the prices of fixed broadband services have dropped by up to 33% between 2016 and 2017.

The study shows that most Arab providers have made changes to portfolios, speeds and data allowance since 2016.  The study also shows that all the mobile packages in Bahrain have data service in addition to the voice services. The study also confirms that the mobile operators in Bahrain offer more competitive prices compared with other GCC countries.

Although mobile operators discontinue offering unlimited data allowance (with throttling the download speed after consuming the data threshold) and have decreased the range of mobile packages, however, the data allowance provided with these packages has significantly increased in 2017. The study shows that 46% of plans have data allowances over 10GB in 2017 compared with 9% in 2016. This large increase in the allowance of data provided with mobile packages is a response to the increase in the data usage.

Based on the latest market data, the average monthly outgoing mobile domestic voice minutes per customer dropped by 15%, while the mobile data usage increased by 16% over the period 2016-2017. Average monthly data usage for Bahrain in 2017 reached 9 GB compared to 2 GB in 2013. Moreover, 80% of mobile subscribers have an active data subscription by the end of 2017 compared to 50% in mid of 2013.

TRA’s Acting General Director, Sh. Nasser bin Mohamed Al Khalifa stated “The objective of the study is to monitor the development of the telecommunications market in Bahrain compared to the Arab countries and developed countries. The study is part of TRA’s duties in protecting the interests of consumers and fostering a mature competitive telecommunications environment through taking the necessary actions to achieve this. This study is considered one of the significant initiatives implemented by Bahrain at the regional level.”

For more information, TRA’s Retail Price Benchmarking Report is available on TRA’s website

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Since its establishment in 2002, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain has been working with government, consumers, operators and investors to develop the country into the region’s most modern communications hub and to facilitate the growth of the market. As an exemplary Regulator for the region, TRA Bahrain independently carries out its duties in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner. More information about TRA can be viewed at

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