TRC prepares for second mobile licence

20 October 2003
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has issued a consultation document ahead of inviting applications to operate a second mobile network. The proposals call for the new licence to be technology-neutral - operators can choose to employ either Europe's GSM technology or the US-developed CDMA system. However, applicants choosing CDMA technology would be unable to benefit from roaming revenues and would not have the option of using the incumbent's network in the early stages of operation. New and existing operators will be obliged to implement number portability as soon as practicable. Interested parties are invited to attend a meeting in Amman on 23 October to comment on the proposals. The TRC is committed to inviting licence applications by the end of the year but expects to do so well before this deadline. The regulator also plans to end the fixed-line monopoly of Jordan Telecom by the end of 2004 (MEED 15:8:03).

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