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99.7% of individuals in Bahrain use the Internet; Bahrain ranked 4th globally

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain has recently published its latest Telecommunications Services Residential Market Survey report. According to the survey results, 99.7% of respondents said they used internet in the last three months, this is a clear indication of the increasing affordability of internet services in Bahrain.

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Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to host .BH Domains Workshop

In an effort to evolve the Domain Name distribution channels, marketing strategy and registration system, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is hosting a .BH domain name workshop for registrars, resellers and hosting companies in the region. The event will take place on the 30th April, 2019 at 1:30 pm at TRA office in Bahrain.

The workshop comes following the issuance of the Royal Decree No. 33 of 2019 stating that TRA is the government authority responsible for registering domain names and the issuance of the Ministerial Resolution No. 11 of 2018 on 18th October 2018 with respect to organizing the registration and utilization of domains for Levels Two and Three Within the framework of Domain’s name of the Kingdom of Bahrain .

The workshop will bring on major updates to .BH and .البحرين domain names and introduce a new domain name distribution model, which allows authorized businesses (known as accredited registrars) to better allocate .BH and .البحرين domain names in Bahrain and internationally. It will also provide TRA accredited Registrars access to new distribution opportunities for .BH and .البحرين as well as other added services.

The workshop will also unveil TRA’s new registry platform, the exciting changes in the allocation of .BH and .البحرين and how to accredit businesses registering for domain names.

For businesses interested in attending the .BH domain name workshop or intended to become a TRA accredited Registrar please contact TRA on 17520000 or via email registrar@tra.org.bh.

This Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority news release was sourced from: http://www.tra.org.bh/en/press-releases/telecommunications-regulatory-authority-to-host-bh-domains-workshop.html

Bahrain Launching Arabic .BH to Promote Arabic Content

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has been delegated the Internationalised Domain Name “.البحرين”, the Arabic equivalent of the country’s existing ccTLD .bh, to help promote Arabic content online.

“The Arabic language is the fastest growing on the Internet in terms of content. Arabic is also the fifth language in the world in terms of the number of speakers which is very important and reflects TRA’s keenness to provide a national domain promoting the development of websites  with Arabic content.” Said TRA Acting General Director Sh. Nasser Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa.

“This initiative is the result of Ministerial Resolution No. 11 of 2018 which was published in the Official Gazette on the 18th of October 2018, stating that TRA is the official authority responsible for managing domain name operations in the Kingdom, and also the recently issued Royal Decree No. 33 of 2019 stating that TRA is the government authority responsible for registering domain names and levying collectible fees.” Sh. Nasser added.

The use of the national domain name also ensures the preservation of intellectual and commercial property rights for well-known trade makers locally and internationally. In order to diversify distribution channels and spread domain names of the Kingdom of Bahrain, TRA has adopted the (registry/registrar) model which will result in competition between authorised registrars to provide the best services including smart applications and electronic registration.

Consumers will also be able to register domain names (.bh & .البحرين) through several local and global online channels by Q3 2019 providing consumer choice and competition in the domain name market place.

Austrian Registry Wins Bid To Operate .BH

nic.at logoThe Austrian registry, along with SBR Juconomy Consulting AG, has won the right to operate Bahrain’s Top Level Domain .BH in a competitive bidding process with registries from around the world, providing technical services provider for a state-of-the-art domain management system.

“The decision by the Bahraini telecoms regulator reflects the demand for nic.at’s expertise on the international stage and proves that we are seen as a serious player in the market,” says nic.at joint CEO Robert Schischka. “The collaboration with SBR Juconomy Consulting brings a partner on board with extensive experience of Arab markets.”

The selection of nic.at to operate the .BH ccTLD was extremely pleasing for Richard Wein, also joint CEO.

“The selection by the Bahrain telecoms regulator of nic.at is a wonderful achievement and marks an important milestone for us,” said Wein. “The key to our success was our ‘Registry In A Box’ that provides a high quality backend registry services at a reasonable cost along with a proven history of having operated a stable registry without any security concerns over the past 12 years.”

The confidence was shared by the Bahrain’s TRA ICT Director Ahmed Aldoseri.

“We are delighted to appoint nic.at and SBR Juconomy to deliver a robust domain registry solution following an extensive tendering process,” said Aldoseri. “We have full confidence in nic.at and SBR as our strategic and technical partners for the .BH domain space, and believe such partners can achieve the objectives set by TRA Bahrain.”

One of the changes that will come into effect when nic.at takes over management in autumn 2011 will be the liberalisation of registration policies that will be announced in the near future. It is envisaged that active registration numbers will grow from the current 4000 to 100,000 in three years.

The winning bid to operate the .BH ccTLD from nic.at subsidiary IPCom in a joint tender submitted with SBR Juconomy Consulting AG, a consultancy expert with an outstanding track record in the Middle East. SBR is responsible for project management and marketing, while the technical implementation comes under nic.at’s remit.

nic.at also has a wealth of international experience that was extremely beneficial in the tender process.

“Our specialists have contributed to all the major technology committees and are constantly being approached by other countries for consultancy work,” said Schischka.

The Bahrain project is the latest in a string of international ventures, and similar projects have been implemented in Ireland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway and Saudi Arabia.

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Bahrain Looks For Ideas for IDN Application

[news release] The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain (TRA) this week published the Arab League’s Request for Information on the Management of the Internet Generic Top-Level Domain “.arab” and “عرب.”.

TRA’s ICT Director Mr. Ahmed Aldoseri said “Under the leadership of TRA Bahrain, the Arab League is currently gathering information for the purpose of finalizing its plan to apply for the “.arab” and ” .” top-level domains and establish the registries pertaining to Generic Top-Level Domain.”

Mr. Aldoseri went on to say that “.arab” and “عرب.” will encourage Internet use for those who cannot deal with Latin script and will encourage and increase the Arabic content on the Internet.”

The purpose of this Request for Information is to gather ideas and validate proposed concepts to establish and run the domains in the most efficient manner possible. The League of Arab States has decided to involve individuals, companies, organizations or government bodies and other interested parties to participate in enriching existing ideas and approaches that help in establishing the high-level organizational, structural, management, marketing, technical and financial functions of the intended registry for the “.arab” and “عرب.”.

The New “.arab” and “عرب.” domain name program will create opportunities for consumers, businesses, organizations and governments within the Member States of the Arab League and beyond to underline their identity using their own language and script.

Work conducted for the Arabic domain names is spearheaded by the Arab League Steering Committee for Arabic top-Level Domain Names, which is currently presided by Mr. Aldoseri. Other member countries of the Steering Committee are Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, and

The Request for Information document can be found on TRA’s website at www.tra.org.bh.

Interested parties can submit their responses to this document directly to the General Secretariat of the Arab League by 4 pm on Thursday 17 June 2010.

About TRA
Since its establishment in 2002 the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain (TRA) has been working with government, consumers, operators and investors to develop the Kingdom of Bahrain into the region’s most modern communications hub and to facilitate the growth of the market. As an exemplary Regulator for the region, TRA independently carries out its duties in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner. More information about TRA can be viewed at www.tra.org.bh

This news release, along with more information and future updates, is available from www.tra.org.bh/en/newsroom.asp.