Telecoms news from Jordan
Mobile phone penetration is expected to reach 140% in the middle-east country of Jordan, and pass 200% in the next few years, according to a local research group. ...more.
Orange Jordan has criticized government plans to license a fourth mobile network operator in the country saying that it would negatively affect the telecoms market. ...more.
Jordan's telecoms regulator, the TRC has outlined plans to auction of radio spectrum to the incumbent mobile networks -- and for the possible launch of a new mobile network into the country. ...more.
Vodafone has confirmed the details of the previously rumoured talks with Zain and is to expand its Partner Market presence in the Middle East. ...more.
Two MVNO companies, Virgin Group and Friendi Group have announced plans to merge their regional telecom operations to create a combined entity to be called "Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa". ...more.
Bahrain's Batelco has announced that it is JD50 million (US$70 million) to obtain 3G license in Jordan, via Umniah, its 96% owned subsidiary. ...more.
Bahrain's Batelco is reported to be looking at a sale and lease-back deal for its tower assets in Bahrain and Jordan. ...more.
Zain Group has announced that it has named Ahmad Al Hanandeh as CEO of Zain Jordan. He is replacing Dr Abdul Malek Al Jaber who ended his two-year contract as CEO of Zain Jordan ...more.
Jordan Telecom - which trades as Orange - plans to invest 50 million dinars (US$70.5 million) in its 3G network over the remainder of this year. ...more.
Zain Jordan has linked its network to its neighbouring country Iraq through an optic fibre cable, according to a report by the Kuwait News Agency, Kuna. ...more.
Orange Jordan says that its 3G subscriber base has reached 300,000 customers and it expects to triple the number by the end of this year, despite the breaking of its 3G monopoly last month by Zain. ...more.
After some controversy earlier this year over the legality of their 3G license, Zain Jordan has finally launched its HSPA enabled 3G network in the country, breaking the monopoly held by Orange Jordan. ...more.
Omnitele says that it has been awarded a contract by the Jordanian telecoms regulator for radio frequency management in Jordan. ...more.
Zain Jordan is gearing up to launch its 3G network in the country as soon as the exclusive license held by Telecom Jordan (Orange) expires at the end of next month. ...more.
Jordan's government has rejected claims by Jordan Telecom (JTG) that it broke an exclusivity agreement for 3G services after the telecoms regulator was reported to have granted a license to rival, Zain. ...more.
Jordanian WiMAX network operator, Umniah has announced that its network now covers 80% of the Kingdom's population, and that it has a market share of 20% in the broadband internet market. ...more.
Zain's Jordanian subsidiary expects to launch its 3G network next February and offer nationwide overage. ...more.
Orange Jordan has launched an plan to increase the country's internet user base by two thirds over the next two years, from 60,000 to 100,000 outside the Capital city. ...more.
DragonWave has announced that The Blue Zone, a fixed wireless provider in the Middle East and North America, has selected its Horizon Compact to enable WiMAX service expansion to customers across Jordan. ...more.
LG Electronics has opened a Mobile Software Research and Development Center for the Middle East at King Hussein Business Park in Jordan. ...more.