Jordan to get third mobile operator

Additional competition is set to be brought into Jordan's mobile sector with the Kingdom's telecoms regulator planning to start the selection process for a third licence later this month.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  October 13, 2003

Additional competition is set to be brought into Jordan's mobile sector with the Kingdom's telecoms regulator planning to start the selection process for a third licence later this month.

The Telecoms Regulatory Commission (TRC) today issued a public notice containing proposed terms and conditions of the licence, which when issued will end the duopoly of incumbent operators Fastlink and Mobilecom.

The regulator will provide details on the selection process at a forum on October 23rd in Amman, through which it will solicit comments from interested parties.

The move is likely to see competition introduced into the market in early 2004, in accordance with government's position.

Competition for the licence will be open to all potential investors that meet the criteria of "financial ability, industry experience and technological suitability," according to the TRC.

The regulator added that it plans to conduct the licensing process in a "fully transparent and nondiscriminatory manner, in accordance with the highest international standards of openness and unbiased decision-making."

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