one ISP, two kingdoms
Bahrainis are a gouged, squeezed lot. I don't mean vanishing oil revenues, public land and seashore. I'm talking about the internet rates we pay for notre dame de telecommunications.
I fork BD 40 (US$ 106) each month for a supposedly broadband line of 256 kbps from Batelco. ( that's in a country where many earn less than BD 200 per month). But if I were living in Jordan, Batelco Jordan (a subsidiary of Batelco Bahrain) will offer me a 512 kbps internet for JD 23.9, or just BD 12.8 per month.
The ISP business is not labour intensive, so wages (which are slightly higher here) could not account for the difference. Nor is it a case of economy of scale (Batelco Jordan is still a minor player there). So, how can they explain the difference?
Here are the rates tables:
And the one for Bahrain: