TRA Publishes A Public Consultation on Prepaid Telecoms Services Registration Regulation

18 Feb 2015, Seef District, Kingdom of Bahrain

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Bahrain announces that it has published on its website a public consultation on Prepaid Telecommunications Services Registration Regulations on Thursday, the 12th of February 2015.

Director of the Authority’s Cyber Security Directorate, Dr. Khalid Bin Daij Al Khalifa was quoted in stating that “In line with its continuous efforts to review and improve its current regulations and to protect consumers’ interests, the TRA has taken steps to address the increase in civil and criminal cases involving prepaid SIM cards.” Dr. Khalid further added that “Due to the manner in which the current registration and verification processes are being conducted, Prepaid Mobile subscribers have been found to have several prepaid SIM cards registered in their name without their consent or knowledge, which can pose serious legal or financial risks to them should any misuse with these numbers occur. The New Regulation is intended to address these concerns and to introduce several significant changes to the Existing Prepaid Telecommunications Services Registration Regulation."

The New Regulation requires the licensees to follow a more rigorous registration and verification process for new subscribers, as well as to fully update the registration details of all existing prepaid mobile phone subscribers to ensure the accuracy of information listed in the licensees’ data base.

For more information, the full document is viewable on the Authority’s website under consultations. Comments on the consultation may be received by email via CSD@tra.org.bh. The closing date for comments is February 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

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