TRA Bahrain Is Set to Host the 16th Annual AREGNET Conference in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Sh. Nasser bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, Acting General Director.

Sh. Nasser bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, Acting General Director.

Manama Bahrain - Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) Bahrain is set to host the 16th annual Arab Regulators Network (AREGNET) meeting, which is to take place from the 1st to the 4th of October in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

The AREGNET meeting is preceded by a workshop organized in association with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). This year, the AREGNET workshop will place emphasis on Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and Internet of Things (IoT). The workshop is aimed at introducing insight on new industry topics and strengthening the collaboration between Arab countries through a series of workshops moderated by leading experts of the industry as they proceed to analyze in-depth topics of international issues related to M2M and IoT, and how it impacts the future of the telecommunications industry.

The talks will further explore the potential of M2M and IoT connectivity in leading to the development of ‘Smart Cities’ and the limitations faced by certain policy makers and regulators whilst working on feasible strategies and ideas to create a sustainable environment.

Sheikh Nasser Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Acting General Director commented, “We are honored to host the next AREGNET meeting in the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as chair the 2018/2019 round of  AREGNET, and we look forward to sharing our vision and expertise in the telecommunication industry which has lead the Kingdom to achieve  no.1 ranking in the ICT Development Index (IDI) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)” and added, “Bahrain’s ICT industry has shown substantial growth and potential to further its expertise and we look forward to continue our contribution into achieving growth in ICT across the Arab Region” and added “and with the inevitable introduction of 5G networks we will not only experience an evolution of mobile broadband networks but also bear witness to new unique network and service capabilities. It will integrate networking, computing and storage resources into one unified infrastructure. This unification will allow for an optimized and more dynamic use of all distributed resources, and the convergence of fixed and mobile services. In addition, 5G will support multiple models, enabling operators and other players to collaborate in new ways and create an ecosystem for further technical and services innovation for all ICT stakeholders.”

AREGNET, which was set up in 2003, is comprised of all telecommunication regulatory authorities across the Arab world, established under the League of 15 Arab States. The entity aims to serve as an open platform to share opinions and expertise, prepare policies, develop case-studies, and procedures to create common organizational practices with the region to achieve sustainable development goals within the ICT sector. The practices that are under AREGNET are aimed to be fair and transparent in order to encourage the development and modernization of the telecom and ICT industry in the region. AREGNET works towards transforming the Arab economy into a digital one to increase productivity and efficiency within the region by introducing and implementing new technologies, resulting in an overall attractive environment for local and international entities that develop and create modern technologies and applications.

About TRA

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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