MOBILE PHONE USERS TOP 2.25 MILLION [Daily Tribune (Bahrain)]
(Daily Tribune (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ? ? There were about 2.25 million mobile subscribers in Bahrain at the end of the second quarter, with the mobile penetration rate of 182 per cent, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has said in its report. The report that covers a wide range of indicators, such as the number of subscribers, penetration rates, calls usage and telecoms revenues, was compiled by the data provided by the operators and the TRA data bank. Domestic mobile originated traffic reached 5.8 billion minutes in 2012, an increase of 15pc on 2011. There were 270,000 BlackBerry subscribers (13pc of mobile subscribers), which represented a growth of 28.6pc since 2011. Approximately 1m mobile voice subscribers were active mobile broadband subscribers, which represents 45pc of total mobile voice subscribers. At the end of the same period, there were approximately 1.38m broadband subscribers in Bahrain, representing a broadband penetration rate of 112pc. The majority of broadband subscribers (87pc) were mobile broadband subscribers at the end of Q2 2013. There were about 257,000 fixed lines in Bahrain, equating to a fixed line penetration of 21pc. Fixed wireless services as a proportion of total fixed lines has increased from less than 1pc in 2007 to 27pc in 2011 and 35pc in the second quarter of the year due to the offers of Bahrain's two WiMax operators. The volume of international outgoing minutes has reached 2.6bn minutes in 2012 compared to 2.0bn minutes in 2011. After the stabilisation of international call traffic in 2011, the volume of international outgoing minutes grew by 28pc during 2012. International outgoing minutes originated on mobile represented 95pc of total international outgoing minutes in 2012. During 2012, 85pc of total international calls (minutes) were made to South Asian countries, while only 57pc of international revenues were generated from calls to South Asian countries. TRA Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Al Amer, said: "The TRA's decision in 2009 to allow the entry of a third mobile network operator continues to deliver significant benefits to the Kingdom's economy and consumers. The stiffer competition among the mobile operators is now having an telling affect on the fixed line market. " ? ?
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