05 June 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Bahrain incumbent operator Batelco appears to have withdrawn mention of its first wholesale product – in mobile backhaul – since it created a functionally separate unit.
At the same time Bahrain’s Telecommunications
Regulatory Authority (TRA) has begun a search for a consultant
to carry out a survey of the future licensing framework for the
kingdom. Submissions are due by 27 June. Only a few weeks ago
it launched its consultation (PDF) on structural separation of Batelco,
and the deadline for responses was only last Thursday, so it is
being speculated that Batelco announced the new product before
TRA had made a decision.
Batelco, it said, "is redesigning and refining its wholesale
business unit to form a functionally separated entity that will
act independently of Batelco’s retail
National Broadband Network,