According to a study conducted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain, fiber broadband plans offered by operators in Bahrain have the lowest tariffs in the GCC.
In addition, Bahrain’s telecom operators compete regionally and Arabally for mobile services, especially for high usage packages. According to the study, fixed broadband prices in Bahrain for broadband were reduced by 67% between 2019 and 2021.
With an average mobile broadband usage of 28GB per month, at high usage levels of 10GB and above, Bahrain is more competitive than other GCC countries.
Due to falling broadband prices and the continued rollout of fiber, the number of homes with fiber broadband has increased significantly. Based on the latest market data, 65% of households in Bahrain have fiber broadband services, up from 42% in 2019, noting a 34% increase in subscriptions.
In addition, TRA’s latest residential market survey report on telecommunications services shows that 100% of respondents reported using the internet, indicating that internet services are becoming more affordable in Bahrain.
Commenting on the findings of the study, TRA Managing Director Philip Marnick said: “We all want good quality broadband at an affordable price. It is essential that the TRA is able to monitor price developments and analyze the impact of competition on the telecommunications services we all use.
“TRA’s role in stimulating competition is evident in reducing burdens, working on important projects, such as the establishment of the national broadband network, the Bahrain Network (BNET) in 2019 – so that all fiber in the kingdom comes from the same supplier. – which offers a variety of fiber products to operators in Bahrain, enabling them to provide advanced broadband services at competitive prices.
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