Mirsal wins digital deal in Jordan

A national digital public trunked radio network is to be built in Jordan following a deal struck between radio paging licensee Mirsal and the country’s Telecommunications Regulation Commission (TRC).

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By  Richard Brown Published  November 3, 2002

A national digital public trunked radio network is to be built in Jordan following a deal struck between radio paging licensee Mirsal and the country’s Telecommunications Regulation Commission (TRC).

The deal, which licenses a TDMA digital public trunking network in Jordan, is expected to create over 200 white collar jobs in the Hashemite Kingdom over the next 12 months and capture US$47 million in direct investment by the end of 2003.

The 2.5 million Jordanian Dinar (US$3.5M) deal envisages the construction of a national digital trunked radio network based on Motorola’s advanced digital IDEN technology.

IDEN allows ‘push-to-talk’ radio access for applications, such as police, fire and ambulance as well as in airports, hospitals, vehicle fleet and logistics operations and other business applications where instant access to a number of people over a wide area is required.

Dr Fawaz Zu’bi, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, remarked: “This significant investment in Jordan comes as a direct result of the amendments to the telecommunications law earlier this year, and shows how we can work effectively to build partnerships with overseas investors in Jordan that bring new services and capabilities to Jordanian businesses and people.”

In May, Jordan unveiled an ambitious bid to attract investment, stimulate innovation and stir competition in its nascent telco sector by casting new provisions to its telecommunications law.

That move was designed to foster a competitive commercial environment prior to the onset of full telecommunications market liberalisation in 2005. The law also passed regulatory responsibilities for the sector to the TRC, a quasi-independent watchdog.

Mirsal’s proposed network investment is underpinned by a group of investors led by Saudi-based Aggad Investment Company (AICO) and NASCO (National Advanced Systems Company), and includes Jordanian investment company Foursan Group.

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