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The 4G LTE backup solutions will provide business customers with 4G LTE backup connectivity for Datacom services such as MPLS, Inet Dedicated and GMPLS (Global MPLS). Advanced telecommunication products and services are key to ensuring that the Kingdom of Bahrain remains competitive in the region s business market and without a doubt Batelco 4G network will be a significant benefit for all sectors including financial, health, education and sports. Batelco backup solution ensures business continuity in the rare case of a main link failure. Providing alternative methods for backup is the industry best practice, enabling business customers to continue their operations should the need arise. The backup service is provided via a 4G LTE router meaning it is quick and easy to install and at a low cost. In the unusual case of degradation of the main copper or fibre link, the backup service will automatically come into operation, serving the organization s needs until the main connection is restored. 4G LTE provides the ultimate mobile experience with amazing download speeds. 4G (Fourth Generation) is a wireless technology that is designed to reduce the time it takes to transfer and receive data online. LTE (Long Term Evolution), which significantly boosts customer experience has tremendous potential thanks to speeds not previously available in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which ensures instant access without waiting, streaming without buffering, in addition to super fast download and upload speeds. Batelco Enterprise General Manager Adel Daylami said that Batelco fully understands the needs of its business customers and proactively acts to fulfill them through providing customers with the most innovative products and services. “Businesses, specifically the banking sector, today operate in a very competitive environment; it is therefore crucial for any business to be able to meet the needs of its clients 24/7 and Batelco is committed to helping their business customers meet their obligations,” he said. The launch of the 4G LTE Backup Solution contributes to Batelco on-going enhancements to its portfolio of business services.

The DVLA in the United Kingdom Refuses to Recognise an Irish Driving Licence

An Irish driver, Michael John Shields, was disqualified from driving in the UK for two years. Following the period of disqualification, he was stopped by Kent Police and told that his Irish driving licence was no longer valid in the UK. Shields was taken to Kent Court in the south east of England, fined 3690 pounds and was prosecuted for driving while disqualified and without insurance, even though he had a valid Irish driving licence (European driving licence). This incident took place, despite the ruling on April 26, 2012 by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg that precludes the DVLA from refusing to recognise an Irish driving licence registered to an Irish national. The DVLA in the UK appears to be refusing to implement the ruling of the European Court of Justice from that day (Case no C419/10 Wolfgang Hoffman v. Bavaria). This incident is causing many people to wonder how many Irish drivers have actually been stopped and arrested for their failure to implement the European Directive. Based on the recent incident involving Shields, it appears to many drivers that their European driving licences seem to be recognised by every country in the world except for the DVLA. The ruling from last April states that the mutual recognition of a driving licence refusal by a member of state should be recognized in favour of a person whose driving licence was withdrawn on its territory. But the validity of the driving licence issued by another state and the finding of the European directive of 2006 on driving licences must be interpreted as precluding a member of state from refusaloutside any period of probation on applying for a new driving licence imposed on a holder of a driving licence issued by another member of state, when the condition of normal residency in the territory of the latter has been complied with. The DVLA appears to be breaking all of the European laws doing what they like; for example, arbitrarily throwing the book at scores of Irish drivers from the south, who have been forced to retake a driving test in England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. This is completely unlawful following the ruling from the European courts.