Jordan’s TRC prepares groundwork for MVNO entry

Jordan thus becomes the first country in the Middle East to see its national regulator take a first step towards preparing for the introduction of MVNOs in its telecoms market.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  June 11, 2007

Earlier this month, Jordan’s Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) issued a draft regulatory decision paper on the provision of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services in Jordan. It has set June 24 as the submission deadline for comments. Jordan thus becomes the first country in the Middle East to see its national regulator take a first step towards preparing for the introduction of MVNOs in its telecoms market. The TRC first published a consultation document seeking comments on the broad principles that should govern the implementation of MVNOs in Jordan in January 2007, and the latest document describes the regulatory framework that is intended to formally govern the provision of MVNO services in Jordan. Initial provisions established by the regulator include: Mobile network operators (MNO) and MVNOs shall be free to negotiate the model that best fulfil their interests and business strategies. Consequently, more than one type of MVNO can be implemented in Jordan depending on how far an MVNO wishes to rely on the facilities of the host MNO, the adopted segmentation of the market and the proposed product sets. The MVNO is a provider of Public Telecommunication Service. Thus, any party intending to provide MVNO services is required to apply for a licence in accordance with the current licensing and regulatory regime. The type of licence required for the provision of MVNO services shall be The Individual License. This is due to using of Scarce Resources. Licensees who provide MVNO services shall be eligible to interconnect and negotiate their interconnection arrangements with other licensees in accordance with their license agreements and any related regulations. If the agreed MVNO operational arrangements between the host MNO and the MVNO implies wholly or in part using one or more of the identified interconnection services, then the host MNO shall provide such interconnection services to the MVNO in accordance with its obligations under the license agreement and interconnection instructions Any agreement between the host MNO and any MVNO shall be filed for approval by the TRC. Such agreement shall not come into effect until it has been approved by the TRC. The TRC shall be deemed to have approved any such agreement thirty (30) days after it is filed unless it gives written notice of disapproval to the both the host MNO and the MVNO prior to the expiry of that thirty (30) day period. The TRC shall allocate blocks of numbers directly allocated to MVNOs in accordance with the National Numbering Plan (NNP) and the regulations for allocation and Reservation of Number Capacity. Sub-allocation from number ranges of the host MNO shall not be allowed. The TRC shall allocate Mobile Network Codes (MNCs) to MVNOs in accordance with the National Numbering Plan (NNP) provided that the MVNO has the capacity to authenticate a roamed subscriber. For greater certainty, and in order to be eligible for an NMC allocation, the MVNO must have a Home Location Register (HLR), switching capacity and an authentication centre.

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