Zain Secures 4G License in Jordan
Published on: 17th Apr 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Jordan is expected to get its first LTE network by the end of this year after Zain was awarded the necessary license.
Zain Jordan was the sole qualified bidder in the controversial 4G license tender, and paid JD142 million for the license, and a further JD50 million for additional 3G radio spectrum.
"Zain Jordan has about eight to nine months to launch the service commercially in the Kingdom," ICT Minister Azzam Sleit said.
Two new entrants applied for 4G licenses, but were rejected on technical grounds, while the other two incumbent networks declined to bid. There has been controversy over the license conditions and the networks had opposed the issuance of the license as premature.
The tender for the 4G licenses was announced last June, with bids due by last October. The results were expected in January, but delayed for an unknown reason.
The two remaining networks can still apply for licenses at a later date.