Latest developments in MENA telecoms regulation 22 August 17

TRA has adopted a new schedule of fees that will apply from January 1, 2018. It covers, among others, the annual spectrum fees, numbering fees, telecom equipment type approval fees and annual licence fees. This will repeal the previous schedule of fees which was adopted in 2010.

TRA has adopted a new schedule of fees that will apply from January 1, 2018. It covers, among others, the annual spectrum fees, numbering fees, telecom equipment type approval fees and annual licence fees. This will repeal the previous schedule of fees which was adopted in 2010.

The annual telecommunications licence fees will increase from 0.8% to 1% of licensees' gross annual turnover arising from licenced activities. On the other hand, the numbering assignment fee remained the same (BHD 0.10 (26.60 US$cents) per each 8 digits mobile or fixed number).

It is worth mentioning that Bahrain has lower telecom fees and taxes compared to other MENA countries. In particular, telecom operators in Bahrain are not subject to any corporate tax or any other types of sector-specific fees that are levied by other MENA countries on operators revenues and profits (e.g. royalty fees in Oman and UAE, commercial provisioning fee in Saudi Arabia, revenue sharing obligations in Egypt and Jordan and ICT development fund in Tunisia).

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