The company has cut the price it charges to internet service providers to use its network, from JD240 ($339) to JD191 per megabyte per month.

King Abdullah II has asked Jordan Telecom and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology to increase internet penetration to 50 per cent of the population by 2012.

Jordan Telecom claims that internet penetration in the kingdom has already reached 20 per cent of the population.

Last year, internet service provider Cyberia, a subsidiary of Oger Telecom, the telecoms arm of Saudi Oger, complained that Jordan Telecom’s high fees were the main obstacle preventing it from signing up more customers (MEED 8:6:07).