Kalaam Bahrain buys Lightspeed from Orange

The deal has created a new second player in the market

Bahraini alternative telecoms provider Kalaam Telecom has become the country’s second largest business ISP after acquiring Lightspeed Communications from Jordan Telecommunications which counts Orange as a major investor.

Batelco appoints Group CEO

Batelco has appointed Alan Whelan as its Group CEO

Bahraini operator group Batelco has appointed Alan Whelan as group CEO. Whelan’s appointment comes almost a year after the firm announced former CEO Shaikh Mohamed bin Isa Al Khalifa left the group. At the time it installed a supervisory committee alongside COO Peter Kaliaropoulos to lead the business until a successor was appointed.

Batelco signs MoU with Huawei

Huawei and Batelco have signed an MoU

Bahraini operator group Batelco has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Chinese kit vendor Huawei. The MoU will see the two companies deepen their strategic alliance in developing future projects within Bahrain and globally.

India and the Spectrum Scandal

BSNL is locked in disputes with operators and has refused to comply with telecoms authorities

India’s 2G spectrum scandal has cast a cloud over the country’s telecoms sector so dark that former Telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja is said to feel safer in prison than he does walking down the street. He has been sat in a cell for over a year, refusing to post bail and stands accused of taking bribes to sell spectrum to firms at discounted rates.

Batelco exits India


Bahraini operator group Batelco has announced that it has sold its stake in India’s STel, due to the circumstances surrounding the country’s 2G scandal. The operator noted that it had been looking for a buyer of its share in the Indian carrier long before last week’s ruling from the Supreme Court of India to cancel the 122 spectrum licences awarded in a 2008 spectrum sale.

Middle East round-up: Du provides Metro wifi, Orange Israel seeks new owner, Batelco reviews India

A Dubai Metro station

In the Middle East, UAE operator Du has announced plans to provide Wifi access across the Dubai Metro, the majority shareholder in Orange Israel is looking to sell its stake in the firm and a Bahraini operator is left reeling after the Indian Supreme Court cancels its licence to provide 2G services in the country.

Batelco rings the changes with strategic and management shake-up

Cisco will reduce its workforce by 6,500 as it looks to cut costs

Big changes are underway at Bahrain’s incumbent operator Batelco, which has just unveiled an overhaul of its senior management; is reported to be planning to sell most of its stake in its Indian venture; and might soon be in control of Zain Saudi Arabia, with partner Kingdom Holding.

Bahrain carrier buys into India

Bahrain’s principal fixed line carrier, Batelco, said Monday that it has acquired a 49 per cent stake in Indian mobile operator S Tel, via a joint venture with a Dubai-based private equity firm. Batelco, which is majority owned by the Bahrain government, partnered with Millenium Private Equity to form the Batelco Millennium India Company, which [...]