The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Bahrain has recently released the 2012 update of the retail price benchmarking study into telecoms services in Arab countries. The study, conducted by the Teligen division of Strategy Analytics, was commissioned by TRA on behalf of AREGNET (the Arab Regulators Network).
Similar to previous years, the report provides a comprehensive analysis of the cost of telecoms services for different types of user, and considers the cost of fixed and mobile voice, fixed and mobile broadband and leased lines across a number of Arab countries, as well as providing a comparison with average OECD (Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development) pricing. Development of prices in each of the Arab countries covered since 2008 is also included.
The study revealed that over 2011-2012, prices in the Arab countries have generally come down, however, as prices in other parts of the world had fallen as well, the gap between prices in Arab countries and prices in OECD countries remains.
In addition to the general report, TRA has also released a report which looks more in-depth at the results for Bahrain across the various services, in relation to the other GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries overall as well as to the OECD averages.
Full results from both reports, along with detailed information on the methodology used, are available for download free of charge on TRA's website.