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Jordan Telecom mulls VoIP launch

Jordan Telecom is considering a launch of voice over IP (VoIP) services before the end of 2004.

Jordan Telecom is considering a launch of voice over IP (VoIP) services before the end of 2004.

The move would position the operator to deal with competitors using the technology when the Kingdom’s fixed market is opened up next year.

“We are not camping in the traditional voice market,” Laurent Mialet, Jordan Telecom’s chief executive officer, tells CommsMEA. “Before the end of the year, there will be a big pilot [of] broadband connectivity and VoIP,” he adds.

Jordan Telecom says it will decide upon the parameters of the VoIP service once the regulatory position on the technology in Jordan is defined.

The move would expand upon Jordan Telecom’s ongoing pilot of triple play services via its IMSP platform.

The operator says that the IMSP service, which offers packaged internet, video-on-demand and voice services, will be launched commercially once regulatory approval is gained.

“I have a strong belief that the future is at least double play — internet and VoIP,” says Mialet. “The experience of the IMSP is giving us some knowledge in offering these services,” he adds.

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