TRA Bahrain Reported Increase in Data Usage by 53pc to 290m GB

TRA Bahrain Reported Increase in Data Usage by 53pc to 290m GB

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Bahrain showed the increase in data consumption by 53 percent to over 296.5million gigabytes on broadband packages during 2016. TRA Bahrain Reported Increase in Data Usage by 53pc to 290m GB

Sheikh Nasser Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, the acting general director, was commenting on TRA’s Annual Market Indicator’s Report 2016. He highlighted the continuing move towards data consumption. According to him, this data-driven shift is the most noticeable change that continues in occurrence during 2017.

TRA Bahrain Reported Increase in Data Usage by 53pc to 290m GB

Sheikh Nasser said:

We are delighted to present the 12th consecutive edition of Annual Market Indicators Report covering 2016 and up to first half of 2017. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the evolving telecommunication environment in Bahrain, with a particular emphasis this year on the continued growth of internet subscriptions and data consumption.

Between end of 2016 and first half of 2017, the number of mobile and fixed telephony services has decreased. The report showed the drop by 11 per cent and 4 per cent repeatedly. Additionally, the broadband subscriptions only declined by 0.2 per cent over the same period. The drop during 2016 is due to zero rated packages introduced by telecom operators.

He further added that:

TRA is committed to achieving the fourth National Telecommunications Plan (NTP) goals, as we work diligently with all concerned stakeholders to enhance the telecommunications infrastructure to increase coverage of the high-speed fiber-optic network and to ensure the provision of high-speed services at affordable prices, which will contribute to enhancing the Kingdom’s economic development.

The penetration rate reached 184 per cent with 2.67 million mobile connections and population of 1.45 million during 2017. Furthermore, the fixed wired broadband subscriptions continued to rise by 30 per cent to 70.2 GB in Q4 2016 comparing Q4 2015. This increase is due to increase demand on fiber connections.

Sheikh Nasser added:

The objective of this report is to be a vital source to policy-makers, government entities, telecom operators, international bodies, and consumers; helping them to make informed decisions about the developments in the telecommunications sector in the kingdom. This report is one of the tools we use to monitor the developments in Bahrain’s telecommunication environment. TRA always welcomes feedback on these reports.

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