Batelco Code of Practice
March 2016

Introduction to Batelco

Bahrain Telecommunication Company B.S.C. (Batelco) is a licensed telecommunication company based in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Batelco strives to provide and deliver a wide range of innovative products and services with high quality of service, reliability and value for money to its end users.

Batelco offers the following services to both consumer and business customers in the Kingdom of Bahrain:

  • Telephone services
  • Data services
  • Mobile services
  • Internet services
  • A wide range of value added services

For additional details on Batelco’s services please visit our website at www.Batelco.com, or alternatively contact us on 196.

The purpose of this Code of Practice (COP) is to advise you of our products and services, customer care policies and the manner in which to contact us. This COP has been prepared in accordance with the Determination Paper of The Code of Practice for the Handling of Consumer Complaints published on 1 June 2014 and approved by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

How to Contact Batelco Customer Services

Telephone: +97339611196
Fax: +973-17919191
Customer Helpline: +973 196
Email: ccc@btc.com.bh
Mail: PO Box 14, Manama, Bahrain

Batelco’s call center is available for customer queries on the following, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • enquiries about Batelco products and services
  • enquiries about their account or service orders
  • complaints
  • applications for new fixed or mobile lines, upgrades to existing lines and value-added services
  • transfer of services/lines to a new location
  • update personal information (such as a change in postal address, etc.).
  • facilitating bill payment and top up of pre-paid mobile lines by credit card

Retail Shops Timings:

Shops opening hours for retail outlets can be found through http://batelco.com/support/retail-shops/

Customer Service Contact Information

Customer Call Centre – Dialing locally (free of charge)                             196

Customer Call Centre – Dialing internationally (charges shall apply)  +973 39611196

Fixed Line Fault Reporting (free of charge)                                                121

Telegram (free of charge)                                                                                    17881131

Batelco Switch Board (free of charge)                                                            17881881

Service Disconnection and Termination

Disconnection of a Service by Batelco

In the event a customer fails to pay an outstanding bill by the due date, or has not made any alternative payment arrangements with Batelco, the service in question will be disconnected by Batelco, following a series of disconnection warnings and notifications SMS.

If the service has been disconnected due to non-payment, Batelco will reconnect the service within 1 working day, either once full payment has been received where a reconnection fee will be applicable (BD3 for mobile postpaid lines and BD5 for fixed lines) or when a suitable installment payment plan has been approved by Batelco.

Customers may contact Batelco’s Call Centre on 196 or alternatively, visit one of Batelco’s retail shops for any assistance or support regarding bill payment.

Termination of a Service by a Customer

Customers are kindly requested to visit any of Batelco’s retail shops and complete an application form requesting the termination of any service(s) subscribed to, indicating the reasons for doing so.   Batelco will then take the necessary steps to terminate the service provided that:

  • the application form has been completed correctly; and
  • payment of all outstanding amounts against the service have been received. This will also include any as yet unbilled amounts such as those related to roaming services and any conract penalty fees for early termination, etc.  Details of these fees can be found in Batelco’s standard service Terms & Conditions or on Batelco’s website batelco.com.

Customers subscribed to any specific term contract packages will be liable to pay penalty charges in the event of early termination.   Details of the relevant early termination charges will vary per contract / service and will be dependent upon the applicable terms and conditions signed by the customer.

Enquiries

If you have a general enquiry about any of Batelco’s products and services, please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 196, by fax on 17885555, or by email on ccc@btc.com.bh.

Additional information is also available on Batelco’s website www.batelco.com and through the online chat service available on the website.

Complaints

Customers are able to raise their complaints or suggestions through the following means of communication:

  • Telephone: Batelco’s Customer Contact Centre is available on 196
  • Letter: If customers prefer to lodge a complaint or suggestion in writing, the letter may be addressed to the Customer Services Department (CS) at “Batelco, P.O.Box 14 Manama, Bahrain”
  • Fax: Customers can also fax Batelco on 17911880
  • Via e-mail: Customers can address their complaints and suggestion via email to Batelco’s Customer Relations Unit at “customer.care@btc.com.bh”
  • In person: Customers are welcome to visit any of Batelco’s Retail shops located across the Kingdom for assistance.  Shop timings are available on Batelco.com or through calling 196.

Complaint process

Once a complaint is received from any of the above communication channels, it will be logged in Batelco’s system and an acknowledgement SMS message sent to the customer within 2 working days.   The acknowledgement SMS will include a unique reference number which should be used for all future communication by both Batelco and the customer relating to the complaint.

In most instances, Batelco retains records of all complaint in its system for a period of one year.

How Batelco handles customer complaints

Customer complaints will be categorized according to the different scenarios set out below and Batelco provides an estimated resolution time for each of these:

Mobile Services

Category of Complaint                                                  Estimated Resolution Time

Billing                                                                                                   5 Working Days

Standard Subscriber Agreements                                                   10 Working Days

Number Portability                                                                            2 Working Days

Prices & Tariffs                                                                                   10 Working Days

Quality of Service                                                                               10 Working Days

Fraud or Theft                                                                                     1 Working Day

Roaming                                                                                               20 Working Days

Other                                                                                                     10 Working Days

Other Service

Category of Complaint                                                 Estimated Resolution Time

Billing                                                                                                   5 Working Days

Standard Subscriber Agreements                                                  10 Working Days

Number Portability                                                                            2 Working Days

Prices & Tariffs                                                                                   10 Working Days

Quality of Service                                                                               10 Working Days

Fraud or Theft                                                                                     1 Working Day

Installation                                                                                          10 Working Days

Other                                                                                                     10 Working Days

Customers will receive a telephone call within 5 working days from a member of Batelco’s Customer Care team regarding the complaint.

As part of Batelco’s mission to excel in providing excellent services to its customers, Batelco’s Customer Care team places great emphasis on the investigation and resolution of each complaint received.   Once the details are available, the customer care agent is happy to discuss with the customer the most appropriate course of action to be taken.

  • Batelco aims to resolve most of the complaints within 7 working days; however this will depend on the type of complaint and the required investigation timeframe. The Customer Care agent will inform the customer of the complaint category, for example, billing, coverage, quality, etc. and the relevant timeframe to resolve the case. Some complaint types may require internal escalations to other units within Batelco, such as network or coverage complaints, etc.
  • In such cases, the Customer Care agent will follow up and inform the customer accordingly. In cases where our customers are not satisfied with the outcome of their complaint, customers may escalate their case to the Manager of Batelco’s customer care unit through email: care@btc.com.bh, before contacting the TRA.

Contacting the TRA

In the event a Customer is not satisfied with Batelco’s response to their complaint or if the problem persists and has not been resolved within 60 days of submitting the complaint to Batelco, customers may contact the TRA (http://www.tra.org.bh/) – the independent regulator of the telecommunications industry – in accordance with Section 56 of the Telecommunications Law (Legislative Decree No. 48 of 2002).

Contact details for the TRA’s Customer Complaints section:
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
PO Box 10353
Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain
Telephone     81188
E-mail:           consumer@tra.org.bh
Telephone:    +973 17520044
Fax:                +973 17532523

Batelco Products and Services Portfolio

Batelco has a wide range of products and services which are outlined below. Customers can apply to any of Batelco’s services by completing the relevant application form which is available online and at any of Batelco’s retail shops. Batelco shop locations, shop timings and application forms are available on www.batelco.com.

When applying for a Batelco service, customers will need to provide the following information and documentation:

  • Original CPR of the customer/Owner (CPR copy is accepted if the owner attends personally).  National ID cards of GCC nationals are accepted for selected services.
  • Original CPR of the Applicant
  • Address card (in case the address is not registered in Batelco system)
  • A copy of a valid commercial registration (for Business customers only)
  • A deposit or a Business guarantee letter (for non-Bahraini customers only), and
  • Customer’s’ contact telephone number and address
  • Fixed telephone services

For detailed information about Batelco’s telephone services, customers can contact 196, visit any retail shop, or Batelco’s website at www.batelco.com. If a customer moves premises, it may be possible to transfer his existing telephone number to the new location. Where this is not possible, Batelco is able to provide a range of call forwarding and announcement services to assist the customer.

  • Mobile Services

Batelco offers a full range of mobile services, including contract and pre-paid service plans, for voice and/or data use. International roaming is available in a large and increasing number of overseas destinations. For further information call Batelco on 196, visit any Retail shop, or browse Batelco’s website at www.batelco.com.

  • Internet Services

Batelco offers a range of high speed Broadband services to customers’ homes and offices. For further information on the products and services available in this regard please call Batelco on 196, visit any Retail shop, or browse Batelco’s website at www.batelco.com.

  • Your Telephone Directory and Entry

A copy of the telephone directory is available upon request by a customer at any Batelco Retail shop.

In addition to local businesses, residential and government contact numbers, the telephone directory contains useful information on Batelco services, international dialing codes and area codes.

If customers find that their contact details have been omitted or incorrectly listed, they can contact the directory helpdesk on 17883030 or use the “Errata card” located at the end of the white pages of the telephone directory.

If customers do not wish to have their telephone number(s) listed in the directory and have not indicated so in the service order form, they can also contact the directory helpdesk on 17883030.

Customer Terms and Conditions

Batelco’s products and services are governed by the terms and conditions relevant for each product/service. These can be found on Batelco’s website www.batelco.com.

Quality of Service

Batelco strives to offer customers an excellent quality of service at all times. Batelco aims to provide customers with solutions that best cater for their telecom needs. All of Batelco services are available 24 hours every day, and are consistently monitored by automated programs and skilled engineers. Back up is built into all products and services prior to their release to our customers. All planned maintenance and service upgrades are scheduled where possible for completion outside of normal business hours. You will be informed of the availability (capacity) and waiting time of our service once you raise your request or order with us at our retail shops or through 196.