Lowering internet prices was a high priority: President Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih meeting with the senior management of Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco). | Photo: President’s Office

Bahrain – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Friday said that lowering internet prices was a high priority for the administration and thanked Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) for its contribution towards achieving the goal.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih made the remarks during his meeting with the senior management of Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco).

The President was accompanied by members of his official delegation and the C.E.O and Managing Director of Dhiraagu, Ismail Rasheed.

Speaking at the meeting, the President emphasised the Bahraini Government’s leadership in expanding cooperation and cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships. The President expressed appreciation towards Batelco for its positive contributions to the Maldives’ economy.

At the meeting, chairman of Batelco Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said that the company recognises technology as the foundation of any economy and was proud to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during President Solih’s ongoing visit.

The President highlighted that the Cybersecurity agreement with Batelco would help explore connectivity with national, international and multinational cybersecurity and digital service providers.

Following the meeting, President Solih and Bahraini Foreign Minister H.E. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani witnessed the signing of the MoU between officials from Batelco and Dhiraagu.

The agreement would enable Batelco to work closely with Dhiraagu and the National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT) of the Maldives. The Cybersecurity Services from Beyon Cyber W.L.L. explored under the Cybersecurity MoU with Batelco include Advisory and Consulting Services, Security Engineering Services, Cyber Defense Services, Security Assurance, Cyber Threat Intelligence and threat hunting service and Incident Response Services. 

BTC Islands Limited (Batelco) is one of the two major shareholders of Dhiraagu. BTC Islands Limited (Batelco) holds 52% of the shares, and the Government of the Maldives holds 41.8% of the shares. The remaining 6.2% of shares are held by the general public of the Maldives.