Jordan’s start-up mobile network operator Umniah Mobile Company (UMC) has inked an interconnection agreement with incumbent Jordan Telecom, paving the way for its assault on the current duopoly situation in the country’s mobile market. The agreement provides for interconnection with Jordan Telecom’s network and those of GSM mobile operator MobileCom. Negotiations with the nation’s other major cellco PELLA (Fastlink) are ongoing; a third player, Xpress Mobile, provides an iDEN-based, radio-trunking mobile service. UMC, a joint venture between Kuwaiti conglomerate the Al Ghanem Group and local investor Michael Dagher, was awarded its concession by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) in August 2004, and is expected to launch commercially within two months.
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