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Jordan Cancels 3G License Auction

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Orange, the sole bidder for Jordan's forthcoming 3G license auction has had its application rejected by the regulator, allegedly due to failure to comply with the tender rules.

The TRC spokeswoman said that Orange Jordan’s bid did not comply with the financial or technical aspects of the process. “They did not present their financial bond, which is JD10 million,” a spokeswoman told ITP news.

Philippe Vogeleer, Orange Jordan’s chief strategy officer expressed his surprise at the TRC’s decision, which he said will deprive citizens of Jordan and could be detrimental to the development of the country. Vogeleer added that as far as Orange Jordan was concerned its bid met “every single condition”, but he said that additional requests relating to tax payments and technical issues were included in Orange Jordan’s proposal.

The 3G license tender has been delayed several times, and the TRC had intended to release the Tender document last December, but it was postponed due to requests submitted by Zain, Orange and XPress, in order to have more time to complete studying their business plans, and due to the public holidays in December which prevented them from completing the needed procedures.

The government was due to auction off just one license to a new-entrant, but would then allocate 3G licenses to the three incumbent operators at the same price.

The Mobile World subscriber tracker notes that the country ended last year with just under 6.3 million mobile phone users - representing a population penetration level of 89%. The country currently has four mobile network operators, and three WiMAX networks.

On the web: Telecommunications Regulatory Commission - Mobile World - ITP






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