Batelco in tie-up with Ericsson

31 October 2003
Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco)and Sweden's Ericssonhave signed a technology and marketing agreement aimed at strengthening Batelco's position in the market, ahead of the introduction of competition in December. The tie-up will allow Batelco access to Ericsson's equipment and services on preferential terms.

The two companies will initially concentrate on improving Batelco's mobile services, providing faster connections and new applications. The agreement also offers Batelco a third-generation (3G) capability if it chooses to roll out a network. MTC-Vodafone, the Kuwait/UK joint venture awarded Bahrain's second GSM licence in April, signed a contract in July with Germany's Siemens to supply the Middle East's first 3G network (MEED 1:8:03).

Following work to upgrade Batelco's mobile services, Ericsson will also assist in the improvement of the incumbent's fixed-line and other services. In July, Ericsson was awarded a contract to supply Batelco with new fixed multi-service and broadband access technology (MEED 11:7:03).

On 27 October, Batelco signed agreements with five local distributors to market the company's prepaid mobile, fixed-line and internet products, with the aim of widening their availability to consumers.

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