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Jordan Telecom hunts international bandwidth

Jordan Telecom intends to double its supply of international bandwidth in the coming months, in a bid to erode constraints on the Kingdom’s supply of high-speed internet services.

Jordan Telecom intends to double its supply of international bandwidth in the coming months, in a bid to erode constraints on the Kingdom’s supply of high-speed internet services.

The telco is planning to boost its capacity by more than 200Mbytes/s, to accommodate greater internet usage and assist Jordan’s bid to generate 100,000 broadband subscriptions by 2007.

It is also looking to lower the costs it bears in supplying international connectivity to local internet service providers (ISPs), having dropped its wholesale prices last year.

“We are tendering for providers to lower the cost of connectivity,” Jean Marie Garcia, chief technology and logistical officer, Jordan Telecom, tells CommsMEA. “Every year, broadband prices are decreasing, so we need lower prices for bandwidth,” he adds.

Jordan Telecom plans to launch a request for proposal (RFP) this month for additional bandwidth, which it currently sources from FLAG Telecom’s Europe-Asia network.

It says it is considering connections to various neighbouring countries, including Egypt where a regional internet exchange was launched in 2003. “We will open the RFP by the end of January and we expect a sharp decrease in the price of bandwidth,” says Garcia.

The move would also allow the operator to align itself for competition in the market for international connectivity, and supply back-up in the event that its international connections go down.

“We don’t only need capacity, we also need redundancy,” says Garcia. “We have FLAG to New York and through the Emirates Internet Exchange but are now trying to have diversity of connections. We are looking for more than 200Mbytes/s plus what we need for redundancy,” he adds.

Discussions are also believed to be underway for the construction of a fibre network to allow local peering of internet traffic between Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

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