Frequently Asked Questions
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.