JTC delivers cheap co-location services

Jordan Telecom (JTC) is staking its claim on the regional hosting market with the delivery of its Data Centre services.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  October 16, 2001

Jordan Telecom (JTC) is staking its claim on the regional hosting market with the delivery of its Data Centre services.

JTC is pitching its selection of secure co-location services as an alternative to US and Europe hosting facilities.

“We’re well positioned to offer professional and cheap services to companies both in Jordan and elsewhere in the region,” says Pierre Mattei, chief executive officer, (CEO) JTC.

“Prime targets are Jordanian Internet service providers, banks and government departments, as well as potential cross border clients seeking state of the art hosting facilities,” he adds.

Core to JTC’s data centre offering is the telecommunications infrastructure that has been put in place over the last 18 months. The IP-over-ATM architecture currently provides up to 1 M/byte ASDL connectivity to subscribers within Jordan. Jordan’s Internet exchange will deliver ‘lightening quick’ connectivity through the PTT’s FLAG and satellite uplinks.

“Jordan offers the best technology infrastructure. We’re using the top technology,” says Mattei.
“Companies won’t need to host in the US anymore. If you have the security, the hub and the bandwidth you can offer hosting services at a better price than the US. That is what we’re going to offer companies locally.”

With the infrastructure in place all that remains is for JTC to convince the large number of companies that already host web sites outside the region to start using a local facility.

Many businesses opt to host in the US because it enables a faster interconnect for users trying to logon from around the region. Consequently, JTC needs to convince regional companies that it can supply accelerated local services.

According to Mattei, JTC will be able to offer quicker and cheaper access because a user won’t have to jump to the States and back before they access sites.

Also, Jordan’s PTT has to prove its professionalism, particularly if it wants to win accounts pan-Gulf.

“We’re not going to be alone in the market, so we have to prove our professionalism in the hosting space,” says Mattei. “We have to be professional and cheap.”

Mattei pledges JTC’s focus on customer satisfaction will top the service provider’s agenda as it goes forward.

“We’re working like it’s 2005 and the monopoly has ended. So offering good services at the best prices is vital to succeed,” he adds.

JTC’s data centre service is the latest innovation from the PTT as Jordan attempts to position itself as an IT portal for the region.
Recently, JTC formed its own Internet content subsidiary, which also has a regional operating remit. JTC’s content business will be among the Data Centre’s initial customers.
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