Bahrain’s dominant fixed network operator Batelco has signed an agreement with Bahrain Bay Development to roll out its fibre broadband access network to Bahrain Bay, as part of its initiative to extend its high speed fixed services to new development areas. The USD2.5 billion Bahrain Bay new development will include a number of hotels, banks and ‘high profile enterprise customers’ in addition to various residential building projects. Batelco announced that it is investing in the development of a state-of-the-art fibre-optic network supporting its full range of enterprise and consumer products, including voice, private leased circuits, broadband and IPTV. Furthermore, the network will be designed to provide customers with fully redundant services to ensure business continuity, high service availability and uninterrupted services to clients running crucial time sensitive operations. ‘We are using the most advanced Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology in designing the infrastructure that will serve the needs and requirements of customers in this newly developed area,’ said Batelco Bahrain CEO Rashed Abdulla, continuing: ‘Our investment in a GPON network will provide the platform necessary to support future ultra high bandwidth services which are expected to be introduced in the near future.’
Separately this week, Batelco announced that it has activated 4G LTE mode for its customers with Apple iPhone 5 devices, including the iPhone 5s and other models; TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that previously, Batelco’s younger rival Viva Bahrain was the only one of the country’s three 4G network operators to enable iPhone 5/5c/5s handset users to access LTE services on their devices.