Top Telecom and ICT Companies in Bahrain
According to the Global Information Readiness Report, Bahrain ranks exceptionally high in almost every category of ITC readiness on the Networked Readiness Index (NRI). Overall, Bahrain is ranked 29th (out of 133) countries—and 2nd in the GCC. On many individual portions of the Index, however, it is rated much higher; for example, Bahrain ranks among the 133 rated countries, as:
8th in e-class government services
10th in ICT usage
11th in e-participation
15th in business-friendly ICT market environment
17th in government readiness
21st in individual readiness
Despite the unrest, communication and transportation sectors continued to outpace the economy, growing at an 8.6% annual rate for the first half of 2011.
Bahrain telecom sector is one of the most liberalized and advanced ICT markets in the GCC and Mena Region. There are 3 major telecom operators - Incumbent BATELCO, Zain and VIVA Bahrain (Saudi STC).
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority is an independent body, and awards licences to operate, and use radio spectrum.
Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco)
Leading mobile operator in Bahrain telecom market. Batelco maintained a 45.6 percent share of the local mobile market.
VIVA Bahrain (STC Telecom)
The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) already has 75000 subscribers for its Viva Bahrain service.
MENA Telecom (Kuwait Finance House)
Leading provider of internet throught WiMAX, fourth generation (4G) wireless technology. Mena telecom is one of the most advanced Internet Service Providers in the region with subscriber base exceeding 60,000 customers.
2 Connect Bahrain
An ISO-9001 certified international telecoms service provider who can deliver market-leading, high quality, innovative international connectivity service from all points of the globe to the Middle East.