C-band spectrum award in Bahrain

The overall objective of this project was to design and implement the award of the C-band (3400-3700 MHz) spectrum in Bahrain. In order to deliver the project, Plum considered a range of market, technology, policy, and regulatory factors. Potential use of the spectrum was examined alongside competition and social welfare concerns, and industry was extensively consulted to understand how best to assign the spectrum.

The awards took place within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, with operators having been given temporary access to the C-band spectrum on a trial basis previously, and the design of the awards was adapted to reflect this prior use.