Jordan Telecom loses JD12M as callers bypass network

Callers circumventing Jordan’s national landline monopoly, Jordan Telecom, are costing the company JD12 million (US17M) in lost revenue per year.

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By  Richard Brown Published  August 11, 2002

Callers circumventing Jordan’s national landline monopoly, Jordan Telecom, are costing the company JD12 million (US17M) in lost revenue per year.

According to a report in today’s Jordan Times, Jordan Telecom’s Chief Executive Officer, Pierre Mattei, blames the losses on incoming calls placed to the Kingdom from the United States, Canada, Europe and South East Asia made via VoIP, satellite dishes, pre-paid calling cards or international call operators.

Mattei claims that Jordan suffers a disproportionate amount of line interception compared with other Arab countries, such as Egypt and Syria.

The newspaper quotes Mattei as saying: “The reason behind this is that Jordan Telecom drastically reduced the price of its bandwidth two years ago. We are working closely with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to bring these violators to justice.”

Upto 20 distributors of the illegal lines have been identified by authorities and prevented from operating. Mattei is reported to have added: “These frauds buy cheap voice traffic and intercept the incoming call from abroad through the Internet or via satellite before it reaches the Jordan Telecom network.”

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