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Orange Criticizes High GSM License Renewal Fee

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Orange has criticized a decision by the Jordanian telecoms regulator to impose a charge of JD156.4 million for renewing its GSM licence, describing the amount as "unreasonably high".

The mobile network says it has just started negotiating with the TRA over the renewal fee, but has been sent a demand for JD156.4 million with instructions to pay it by the 9th May.

The existing license expires on the 8th May.

"Orange Mobile considers this amount to be unreasonably high, by all international standards and benchmarks... which has also been confirmed by Orange's own comprehensive study that was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers," the company said in a statement sent to The Jordan Times.

For its part the regulator says that it based the charge on rates recommended by a consulting firm it hired to advise on the matter.

The ICT Minister Azzam Sleit said that the renewal fees are based on a consultancy study and a review of the revenues of operating the 2G frequencies in question. He did not name the consultancy though.

The government owns 30% of Orange Jordan, with the remainder owned by the French company.

On the web: The Jordan Times

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