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Jordan gets Thuraya

The Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has signed a deal with Thuraya to bring mobile satellite services to the country. The agreement is the latest feather in the cap of the United Arab Emirates based firm, which has enjoyed huge success since its launch in 1997.

Mobile satellite company Thuraya has signed a License Agreement with the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to operate its services in the country.

Speaking on this occasion, the Director General of the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Eng Mamoun Balqar said: “We are pleased to conclude the license agreement with Thuraya. We recognize the role of Thuraya as a leading telecommunications initiative in the region that would complement the existing telecommunications infrastructure in Jordan.”

“We believe in the role telecommunications services and its impact on the growth of economy by stimulating new investments, creating new employment opportunities and generating substantial revenues. We have already taken many strides in Jordan such as the liberalization of the telecommunications market and adopting modern telecommunications law, which would guarantee fair competition among the telecommunications operators”, added Mr Balqar.

Thuraya's Chief Executive Mr Yousuf Al Sayed said: “The agreement we signed today with TRC is very important for Thuraya. With the broad range of satellite-enhanced telecommunications solutions that Thuraya will provide, we expect to have significant contribution to the enhancement of the existing telecommunications infrastructure and services that will meet the needs of various market segments in Jordan. We have started full commercial roll-out in July 2001 and we offer the unique advantage of providing border-to-border coverage across the coverage area.”

“So much has been achieved so far in the expansion of our service providers network in the coverage area. We have also obtained a number of licenses in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent,” added Mr Al Sayed.

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