The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) was established by Legislative Decree No. 48 of 2002 promulgating the Telecommunications Law. The TRA is an independent body and its duties and powers include protecting the interests of subscribers and users, and promoting effective and fair competition among established and new licensed operators.
INTRODUCTION OF TYPE APPROVAL:
Each country operates different telecommunication networks, some telecommunication equipment can be safely used in one country, but not in another. The process of determining and registering the kind of equipment that can be brought and used in the Kingdom of Bahrain is called the Type Approval process. It is the requirement for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) to comply with specific technical standards. Such equipment must be registered with the TRA before it can be used, sold or distributed in the Kingdom. This process helps in avoiding interference and or long or short-term damage to the networks.
The objectives of this regime is to facilitate competition in the supply of telecommunications equipment and to stimulate the availability of a wide variety of equipment at affordable prices, the type approval regime intends not to place unnecessary burdens on manufacturers and suppliers prior to permitting access to the market in the Kingdom of Bahrain..
The process shall be open, transparent, non-discriminatory and supportive to the promotion of competition in the telecommunications sector. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority "TRA" has set out a formal regulation for type approval, and this regulation is the definitive statement of the roles and responsibilities of the TRA and any person wishing to register equipment with the TRA.
The regulations require radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) to comply with relevant technical specifications and to be registered with the TRA before it can be supplied in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The registration is based on a declaration of conformity supported by test reports and other technical documentation.
Q) Which equipment needs type approval?
All Telecommunications Apparatus which connects directly to a Public Telecommunications Network and/or which is an intentional transmitter of radio waves shall be subject to the TRA's Type Approval requirements. Such equipment with an intentional transmitter of radio waves is referred to collectively as Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE).
Q) Who can apply for type approval?
Any of the following parties may apply for equipment registration of RTTE:
- Local manufacturers.
- Authorized Importers.
- Licensed Operators.
Q) Where can I apply for type approval?
Applicants can apply to TRA office by Email, Fax or by Hand.
Q) What is the required document?
1-Type Approval application form.
2-Technical data sheet.
3-Signed declaration of conformity certificate (CE Certificate with list of standards).
4-Proof of payment (application fee).
5-Commercial Registration Certificate.
Q) What are the fees for type approval?
Radio Telecommunications Equipment
Other Telecommunications Equipment
Q) Are there any time limits to the validity of the type approval certificates for equipment?
The time limit for any Type Approval is 3 years and it can be renewed.
Q) What is the turnaround time for registering equipment with TRA?
- For Telecommunication Equipment a maximum of 14 working days
- For CE marked Telecommunication Equipment a maximum of 7 working days.
Q) How should foreign companies or manufactures send and receive their application paper for type approval process?
They should have a local office in the Kingdom of Bahrain, so local office should apply for type approval on behalf of company or manufacture.
Q) What is the requirement for equipment bought outside the Kingdom of Bahrain and imported by an individual for personal use?
There is no need for Type Approval for equipment bought outside the Kingdom of Bahrain and imported by an individual for personal use. However, the equipment shall be of a type eligible for registration in the Kingdom of Bahrain and comply with all the relevant technical requirements in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Equipment which has been imported for personal use shall not be sold, hired or otherwise disposed of to other parties for use in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
INTRODUCTION OF CUSTOM CLEARANCE:
The customs entry points in the Kingdom of Bahrain monitor and manage all shipments coming into the Kingdom and sort them according to the authorities entrusted with the decision-making process. With respect to telecommunication equipment, the TRA issues the required custom release letters accordingly.
Telecommunication Dealers who want to import equipment to the Kingdom of Bahrain must apply for custom clearance approvals from TRA. These clearances include a No Objection Certificate "NOCs" issued by the TRA only after the equipment has been cross checked against the associated Type Approval. In other words, a prior Type Approval must have been obtained for the equipment being imported.
Q) Who can apply for No Objection certificates?
Any of the following parties may to apply for equipment registration of RTTE:
- Local manufacturers.
- Authorized Importers.
- Licensed Operators.
Q) How long does it take to get a custom clearance letter?
One to Three days.
Q) What are the required documents?
1-TRA NOC application Form.
2-Copy of the Shipment Invoice & Packing list.
3-Proof of payment (NOC fee).
Q) Are there any fees?
For the remainder of 2017, No
As of 2018, Yes, The No Objection Certificate (NOC) Fee is charged at BD10 payable to the TRA.
Q) Are there any procedures for re-exporting telecommunication equipment from the Kingdom of Bahrain?
Q) Can I import telecommunication equipment for personal use?
Yes, but it must not exceed five items, does not effect or cause damage to public networks and must comply with technical requirements set by the TRA.
Q) Are cell phone jammers legal?
Cell phone jammers are illegal to use in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Q) Are cell phone (GSM) signal boosters legal?
Cell phone (GSM) signal booster are allowed to be installed only by the licensed mobile operators.
Q) What are the radio frequency ranges, which allow for use within the Kingdom of Bahrain for digital cordless telecommunication systems?
The authorized frequency band (MHz) is 1881.792 - 1897.344
About the service:
In accordance with the Law, all telecom equipment imported into the Kingdom of Bahrain shall be subject to the Type Approval Regulation Click here before it is made readily available in the local market.
All Type approval applicants must be local commercially registered companies and follow the below process:
Step 1: Supplier/Dealer Registration
- Fill in and submit TRA (registration of new applicant) application form.Click here
- TRA review the application form (1 working day)
- TRA will provide registration reference number.
- Applicant may start the Type Approval Process below.
Step 2: Submit your request to TRA
The appropriate application form shall be submitted to the authority using the form provided by the authority (Arabic or English)
Applicants must attach the following documents to the application and send to (email@example.com)
- Valid Declaration of Conformity Certificate with a list of standards (Safety, EMC & Radio) (ITU, ISO, ETSI, etc.) the equipment is conforming.
- Technical Datasheet
- Copy of the supplier Bahraini Commercial registration certificate
Step 3: Upon Acceptance of a valid and complete application, a non-refundable payment must be paid to the TRA to review the application.
Type of Device
Telecommunications equipment with a radio interface
All other types of devices
Step 4: For Telecommunication Equipment a maximum of 14 working days
Step 5: For CE marked Telecommunication Equipment a maximum of 7 working days.
Step 6: TRA shall issue the approval/rejection and notify the applicant accordingly
About the service:
This involves importing the type approved telecom equipment into the Kingdom of Bahrain for (use, sale, distribute, etc.)
Process of the service:
Step 1: obtain a direct access to Bahrain custom “OFOQ” system to apply for TRA’s approval
Step 2: Customs Affairs will create for you an account (username & password) to facilitate your access to “OFOQ” system upon completing and submitting the online form along with a copy of your CR & a copy of the Smart Card of the intended user/s to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required document of the service:
- TRA Type Approval Certificate
- To fill the online application form with full details. Click here
- Features and technical specifications of the imported equipment (if needed).
- Shipment details (e.g. Airway Bill, Bill of Loading, Shipment Invoice Number)
- Port of entry.
When applying, please bear in mind the following:
- Our Key performance indicator (KPI) period to process each application is 3 working days. You can follow up with your request in 3 days time of the requested date or you can easily check via OFOQ system.
- To consolidate all the required supporting documents in a single file when uploading the same into “OFOQ” system.
- A guidance manual is online to walk you through the applying steps in “Ofoq” system.
Please refer to the attached list to view what equipment has been Type Approved for the Kingdom of Bahrain. Click here