The Jordan Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) says the country’s fixed line market is now completely liberalised and all registered and prospective telecommunications companies can apply for concessions to provide a full range of wireline voice services in competition with incumbent Jordan Telecom (JT). The TRC has introduced two new forms of fixed line licence: the network operators’ licence, for the provision of new facilities and services; and the service provider licence, for those seeking to offer services over JT’s network. JT’s monopoly officially expired at the end of 2004, but only now have the new concessions been made available. The TRC says it expects the country’s newly opened up telecoms sector to generate revenues in excess of USD1 billion annually and claims to have already received ‘a significant number’ of applications for licences to operate in the sector. The market for the provision of data communications services is already fully liberalised and it is expected that a number of the existing 25 licensees will apply for full service concessions.
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