Checking Your Viva Broadband Balance

After Viva doubled the data transfer allowance for customers, I'm pretty sure there are many out there who want to know much they have used. The problem? They do send out an SMS to your device, but that is only after you transfer a certain amount (at 20GB, 30GB, 40GB used etc…). The Huawei software apparently seems to be configured for the prepaid version of the service. So if a post paid user checks their balance they would get:

This is where the magic of USSD codes come in :-)!…

Viva Goes Double (and a Half)!

Good news to all Viva broadband users, postpaid and prepaid by the way! You will now get double (or half) extra data transfer for the same price for a limited, but generous, period of 6 months ;-). Postpaid users: if you were on the BD30 package (60GB) you will now be able to transfer 120GBs. Prepaid users: if you recharge with BD10 (7GB) you will now get 10.5GBs.

They also have a new broadband package for heavier users, for BD40 you will be able to transfer 100GB (or 200GB within this promo period).…

Batelco Launches Prepaid DSL

Batelco has recently launched one of the firsts amongst DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) providers in Bahrain. Prepaid DSL, under the service name "Broadband for All". This is quite an interesting service, since it brings DSL to anyone that has a Batelco landline (which is going down due to mobile). DSL offers a better connection that wireless based services, so it does have that advantage. The disadvantage however is the speed (1Mbps), data transfer (1GB or 2GB), validity period (not much of a concern given the limit: 1 or 7 days) and cost (BD2 or BD4).…

TRA Releases Market Indicators for 2011

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (aka TRA) of Bahrain has today released market indicators covering the period between the last quarter of 2010 to 2011. It is quite an interesting read, especially since it covers an important period of time in Bahrain. Some of the information that may be found in this report are: market trends, telecoms revenue, telecoms employment and overview of different services amongst others. It may be downloaded from the TRA's website here.…

Review: Viva Bahrain Broadband Service

​Edit​As of August 2012 it seems like Viva are once again throttling the already throttled speed once you go over your limit. You will have a few gigs at 512Kbps before getting dropped down to 128Kbps.

Edit: As of January 2012 it seems like Viva is not throttling the throttled speed mentioned towards the end of the review (the 512Kbps throttle speed going down to 128Kbps after going over a certain amount).…