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Jordan gets home-grown consumer VoIP service

Jordan Telecom has become the first national telco in the region to offer end users a full, commercial voice over IP (VoIP) service.

Jordan Telecom has become the first national telco in the region to offer end users a full, commercial voice over IP (VoIP) service.

Preferring to describe its product as a ‘voice over internet’ service in order to differentiate it from web-based, independent VoIP offerings such as Skype and Net2Phone, Jordan Telecom’s so-called ‘Livebox’ is being targeted mainly at residential broadband subscribers. There are currently 18,000 ADSL subscribers in Jordan, with ADSL coverage extending to 95% of areas.

Subscribers will have their ADSL modems upgraded to a Livebox modem, which will permit the addition of an IP-based telephone line, which comes with telephone and completely new number. This phone can then be used to call landline and mobile numbers, at home and abroad. In addition, a user can make a VoIP call whilst a family member or friend surfs the internet using the attached PC.

Three bundled tariffs are available, offering ADSL subscribers what Jordan Telecom reckons will be monthly savings of up to 20% on fixed to mobile calls.

Two of the tariffs are aimed at for residential users and one for small and medium enterprises, with internet speeds of either 512Kbps or 1024Kbps on offer.

Monthly rental for residential subscribers starts at JD 34.5 (US$48.73) inclusive of Wanadoo’s internet charges.

“This is IP translated into our needs,” said Dissa Jaimoukha, operational marketing director of Jordan Telecom. “We can now offer unlimited on-net calls, a single price for national calls, a 20% reduction on fixed to mobile calls and per second billing for international calls,” she adds.

Livebox is available with a Wanadoo ADSL internet subscription and will also be available through other ADSL ISPs in the future.

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