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TRA Publishes Broadband Quality of Service Report for the First Half of 2017 Mobile Data Performance Reaches 23 Megabites Per Second on Average

12 Aug 2017

Telecom’s Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) Broadband Quality of Service Report for the first half of 2017 notes a rise of LTE Mobile data performance across the sector from quarter one to quarter two 2017. Where average performance dropped to 16.6 Megabites per second (Mbps) in the first quarter, averages rose back to 23.4 Megabites per second in the second quarter of 2017. 

“We noticed an overall performance drop of nearly 26% between Quarter four of 2016 and the first quarter of this year and are glad to see that data performance has bounced back in the second quarter.” Says Sh. Ahmed Bin Isa bin Duaij Al Khalifa, TRA’s Manager of ICT “This report is published regularly to keep consumers informed of the most current performance conditions in their areas. Consumers can also expect that we are in the process of publishing an updated regulation on the quality of service to ensure users enjoy the best service possible.” 

The Broadband report includes several technical indicators for the use of wireless and wired broadband services that will provide consumers in residential consumers and businesses with information which can be used to determine which service provider is best suited to each consumer. All of the indicators have maintained similar high performance levels when compared to the first quarter. 

For instance, the average HTTP download speed for regular, fixed-line residential packages performed at an average of 6.5 Mbps, remaining unchanged between Q1 and Q2 of 2017. High-Speed residential packages on the other hand have had varied results. 8 Mbps packages rose to 13 Mbps on average in Q2, compared to 7.7 Mbps in Q1, while 25 Mbps packages slightly dropped to 22.3 Mbps on average compared to 24.3 Mbps in Q1, and 100 Mbps packages dropped to an average of 88.2 Mbps in Q2, compared to 94.1 Mbps in Q1.

 All quarterly reports can be viewed on www.tra.bh

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