2/20/2013

Communications Minister Condemns Acts of Sabotage

Manama-Feb19(BNA)Saboteurs have targeted 15 telecommunications masts out of 1200 across Bahrain.
Minister of State for Communications Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa strongly condemned acts of sabotage which disrupted the internet and communications services in parts of Bahrain.
He expressed his confidence in the ability of the Interior Ministry to track down terrorists and saboteurs who are compromising the security of the country and its citizens.

The minister was speaking as he inspected the sites of sabotaged telecommunications masts in the presence of officials representing internet services providers.

He paid tribute to Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa and the security forces for their dedication and efforts to protect vital facilities, including telecommunications sites.

He also hailed the telecommunications companies for quickly restoring services in affected areas and reviewing security measures.

"The installation and operation of a telecommunication mast costs an average BD200,000", Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Licensing and Spectrum director Abdulrahman Hisham Al-Soweidi said.

The TRA has so far licensed 180 telecommunications companies, employing 3000 Bahraini officials, employees, administrators and technicians. According to the annual TRA report211, Bahrain's overall revenues from the telecommunications sector topped BD400 million.


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