Orange Jordan awarded country’s 3G licence

Operator to pay US$70 million for right to build high speed mobile network

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Orange Jordan awarded country’s 3G licence Users of Orange in Jordan will soon be able to access high speed 3G networks. (Getty Images)
By  George Bevir Published  August 17, 2009

Orange is set to launch the first 3G network in Jordan, after the operator fought off competition from rival operator Zain to land a licence to build a high speed mobile network in the country.

Zain Jordan and Orange were the only operators to submit a bid for the licence, but it is thought that Zain’s offer did not comply with the rules laid out in the tender document, leading to the licence being awarded to Orange in exchange for a payment of JD50 million (US$70 million).

The process of rolling out 3G networks in Jordan has been a drawn out affair, with Orange’s last offer, made in June this year, turned down by the telecommunications regulatory commission (TRC) on the grounds that it did not meet the conditions laid out in the tender document, despite the fact Orange was the only operator to submit an offer.

CommsMEA understands that some of the conditions that were not met by Orange during the last tender process have been altered or removed by the TRC, including the scrapping of a JD10 million security bond and the partial removal of duties that will have to be paid on 3G infrastructure equipment.

The exclusivity period of ten months has also been extended, and Orange Jordan will have six months to launch its 3G network, at which point a one year period of exclusivity will begin.

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