Bahrain fixed broadband services have dropped by up to 33%

Fixed broadband services in Bahrain have become cheaper by about a third, according to a new report by the telecoms watchdog.

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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 services in addition to voice services. The study also confirms that the mobile operators in Bahrain offer more competitive prices compared with other GCC countries.

Although mobile operators discontinued offering unlimited data allowance (by 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 had 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 data usage.

Based on the latest market data, the average monthly outgoing mobile domestic voice minutes per customer dropped by 15%, while 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-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 by taking the necessary actions to achieve this. This study is considered one of the significant initiatives implemented by Bahrain at the regional level.”

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