Bahrain ICT Articles & Analysis

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As the first country in the region to exploit its oil resources, Bahrain has long had a reputation as an early mover in the Gulf. Its information technology (IT) sector is no exception, with the first mainframe computer in the region installed by Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) in 1962. Following this pioneering trend, Bahrain was the first GCC...

A decade has passed since Bahrain’s telecoms sector was revolutionised by the liberalisation of the industry and the formation of an independent regulator. Over that time, the sector has evolved into one of the most open and diversified in the region. Fixed and mobile telephony and broadband services reach nearly every household, and many mobile...

As the mobile telecoms sector has matured and liberalised, it has put pressure on operators looking to achieve growth from a telecoms market that is reaching saturation. Indeed, even as the number of subscribers and the volume of traditional mobile traffic has continued to climb incrementally in the past few years, revenues for both prepaid and post...

What is the overall objective of the third National Telecommunications Plan (NTP) and what is the timeframe for its implementation?

Those looking to grow businesses in Bahrain’s highly competitive telecoms sector will find their prospects much affected by near-term regulatory moves on the part of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). The regulator has a strong track record of encouraging growth in the sector through liberal policies and judicious intervention in the...

Chapter | IT from The Report: Bahrain 2012

The Kingdom’s tradition of innovation continues to makes it one of the most vibrant IT centres in the region. Sustained investment from the public and private sectors has seen businesses and government services move online, bringing cost-saving gains in efficiency. Throughout 2011, which saw many Bahraini businesses challenged by decreased investor confidence and consumer spending, the IT sector...