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 Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has told the country's mobile operators to reduce roaming charges by up to 75 percent, Trade Arabia reported. This follows the decision of the ministerial committee of the GCC Council to introduce maximum prices. Some regional operators have already implemented the decision. The TRA decision sets the maximum charge for international ca­lls at BHD 0.249 per minute from within Gulf countries made by a Bahraini mobile user. Currently, Bahraini consumers pay as much as BHD 1 per minute for calls to Bahrain while roaming in some Gulf states. The maximum rates will only apply to voice calls made within and between GCC countries and not to data services at this point. The TRA decision also limits the cost of local calls within a GCC country by a Bahraini mobile to BHD 0.104 per minute, whether it is to a fixed or a mobile number.

Source: Telecom Paper.