Monday, March 23, 2009

Bahrain - incumbent v. regulator

Batelco blames TRA for prices

Batelco has slammed the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) for preventing the company from cutting prices and delivering higher speed broadband services. But the TRA dismissed the allegations, saying Batelco was trying to get round the rules. 'Whilst Batelco aims to ensure Bahrain is a leader amongst its neighbours and the region, it continues to be hampered by a slow, cumbersome and conditional approval regime by the TRA,' claimed chief executive Peter Kaliaropoulos.

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