The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain published a report on the study of comparing retail prices for telecommunications services in Arab countries for the year 2019. This study compares the prices of telecommunications services in Arab countries with those in the OECD countries.
According to the results of the study, the prices of mobile services in the Kingdom of Bahrain decreased by 15% between 2018 and 2019.
In addition, the telecommunications companies in Bahrain offer the lowest prices on GCC level, and as a result of the decrease in the prices of mobile services, the percentage of mobile phone subscriptions that include data services reached 78% by the end of the third quarter of 2019, and the volume of data use through mobile phones increased by 74% between 2017 and 2018.
It should be noted that the mobile penetration rate in Bahrain is still one of the highest in the world, and it is also higher than the average penetration rate in developed countries.
The study shows that the prices of fixed and mobile broadband services in the Kingdom of Bahrain are among the lowest in the Gulf and Arab levels. Whereas, the prices of fixed broadband services in Bahrain are 19% lower than the average prices in the GCC countries. These indicators confirm that the regulatory framework adopted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Bahrain and the projects it is undertaking to enhance competition and implement government policies represented in the National Communications Plan continue to bring more benefits to users.
Since the issuance of the fourth national plan for communications, the number of subscriptions to the fixed wired broadband service has increased significantly, as the number of subscriptions reached 123 thousand subscriptions by the end of 2019, an increase of 71% since the issuance of the fourth national plan for communications in the middle of 2016. According to the latest market data, it has the penetration of broadband services reached 157% at the end of the third quarter of 2019, and the volume of Internet data usage increased by 185% between 2015 and 2018.
The competition also contributed to lower prices for fixed broadband services, which included high speeds, making them available to a high percentage of users showing that 92% of all fixed broadband subscribers get 10MB / s and more, compared to only 36% in 2015.
As a result of the availability of Internet services to citizens and residents in Bahrain at competitive prices, the proportion of Internet users in the Kingdom of Bahrain has reached 99%. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Competitiveness Report, Bahrain ranked fourth globally in the proportion of Internet users achieving high levels of user satisfaction.