BATELCO functions a service from the Batelco Building on Government
ISP's include BATELCO
and GCC Online.
Email facilities are available in Manama.
Bahrain possesses 1 of the most modern international communications
networks in the Gulf. A 24 hour service is run by Cable &
Wireless, Al-Khalifa Avenue, Mercury House, Manama, as well as
at the airport.
Direct Dialing service is available within cities, to more than 204
Bahrain country code is 973.
Outgoing international code is 00.
Red telephone booths are operated by phonecards, the blue
ones are operated by coins,
and the silver ones are operated by both phonecards and coins.
Phonecards are available at different prices: 500, 200, 100, 50
and 25 Dinars.
Reduced rates are in operation from Monday to Thursday 7.00 pm to 7.00
am and all day on Friday.
Facilities are available for digital data networks, video conferencing,
mobile links and satellite linked skyphones for direct communication
with airborne aircraft
all over the globe.
System for Mobile communications (GSM) 900 network
operators include Bahrain
Telecommunications Company (BATELCO), which provides handsets
for hire on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
MTC Vodafone provides GSM 900/1800 and 3G services.
Airmail service to Europe can take up to 3 to 4 days.
The main post office is close to Bab al-Bahrain in Manama, and the opening
hours Saturday to Thursday 7.00 am to 7.30 pm. Efficient 1 day
international courier services operate out of Bahrain.
Three Arabic newspapers are available in Bahrain and these include Al-Wasat, Al-Ayam and Akhbar Al Khaleej.
Daily News and the Bahrain Tribune are the 2 newspapers in English. Magazines in both English and Arabic are published locally.
Bahrain Radio is broadcasted in English 24 hours
a day on 96.5 and 101 FM, and American Armed Forces Radio
is broadcasted on 104 FM and 107.9 Khz. There are 4 terrestrial
channels, 2 in English (Channel 55 and BBC World Service) and
2 Arabic channels.
BBC World Service and Voice
of America can be received. From time to time the frequencies
change and the most current are available online.