TRA Publishes Q2 Market Indicators Report

18% increase in Internet data usage


Seef District, Kingdom of Bahrain: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Bahrain announces the publication of its Q2 Market Indicators Report for 2019.

The report shows that the number of broadband subscriptions reached to 2.34 million subscription at the end of the second quarter of 2019, with an increase of 9% compared to the second quarter of 2018. Broadband penetration rate in Bahrain reached to 156% compared to 143% for the same period of the last year. Data consumption increased to 18% compared to the same period of the last year.

The average monthly data consumption in fixed wired broadband reached to 192 GB per subscription while fixed wireless broadband reached to 117 GB per subscription and Mobile standalone usage per subscription is stable at 19 GB.

With regard to mobile services, the number of mobile subscriptions is beginning to stabilize at 2.08 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter of 2019 with a penetration rate of 139% after seeing a downward trend since the beginning of 2017 due to the change in consumer behavior in terms of usage and mobile operators’ change of some components of available packages. With regard to outgoing voice calls, mobile voice traffic continue its decline as it declined by 14% compared to the second quarter of 2018.

Fixed Telephony Line subscriptions increased slightly compared to the end of the last year, while the fixed wireless telephony services dropped by 9.26%, however, the fixed wired telephony increased by 1.92%. Fixed domestic calls remain stable between the first quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019, while international fixed line calls dropped by 25.67% between the second quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019.

The full report is available on the 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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