Regulating broadband in the Gulf region

Regulating broadband in the Gulf region

Lessons from Bahrain

Broadband internet service markets in the Gulf region have undergone dramatic changes over the last decade. Alternative broadband technologies and deployment of next generation broadband networks have increased significantly in their importance. This has created new challenges for the region’s telecoms regulators, particularly in the context of upcoming regulatory market reviews.

In Bahrain, the most recent regulatory review resulted in deregulation across the majority of broadband services. This is likely to be an important point of reference in upcoming regulatory and competition cases elsewhere in the region. Having supported the TRA Bahrain during this review, Frontier Economics summarises here the key elements of our analysis and potential lessons for stakeholders in the GCC region.

 

Regulating broadband in the Gulf region