Jordan to enforce LLU next year

Fixed line sector to be opened up to competition and second 3G operator likely next year, minister confirms

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Jordan to enforce LLU next year Marwan Juma said that local loop unbundling should be implemented by the end of next year.
By  Roger Field Published  September 26, 2010

Jordan is on track to implement and enforce competition on the country's fixed telecom network before the end of 2011, Jordan's minister of ICT confirmed to

Orange Jordan, the country's incumbent telecom operator and sole fixed-line provider, looks set to lose its dominance in the fixed sector next year, as the government starts to enforce Local Loop Unbundling, allowing other operators the chance to offer fixed services.

"We took a decision on LLU, a decision has been taken by the regulator and now we are going into the application of the LLU. I think you will see actual enforcement by the second half of next year," said Marwan Juma, Jordan's minister for ICT.

Furthermore, Juma insisted that LLU will be implemented and enforced in a way that will ensure greater competition.

"What is typical with LLU is that the incumbent will resist as much as possible, that is just standard worldwide, but the regulator has sharp teeth now to ensure that it is being applied fairly and that people have access to infrastructure and we hope that will lower the cost," he said.

Jordan's Telecommunications Regulatory Commission ordered Orange Jordan to open up its fixed network to other operators in July 2010.

A study by the regulator found that Orange controlled over 90% of the wholesale broadband market.

Juma also confirmed that Jordan will gain a second 3G operator next year, with a third operator likely to follow.

Orange Jordan, which launched its 3G service in March, is currently the only 3G provider in the country.

The company was awarded the 15-year licence in August 2009 for JD50 million (US$70 million), with 12-month exclusivity period from the launch of its 3G service.

Juma added that to help develop the mobile broadband sector further, the ministry may also look at changing or even removing the annual frequency fees that the 3G operator, and any future operators, are expected to pay.

 "We may look again at the annual frequency fees to ensure that the business models of these operators work and work well and that their prices are attractive and that they really build 3G networks and not quasi networks," Juma said.

"We need real 3G networks in the country and not only access in a few spots here and there."

3128 days ago
Alaa Banna

Good news indeed, hoping this will create better services eventually.

On a side note; I am not sure who got it wrong but the second operator will be running (3.5G or 3G+) NOT (3G) as mentioned in the article.

Thanks anyway

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