Jordan’s Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) says that revenues from the country’s communications market grew by 12.5% to account for 5.1% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2004. According to preliminary figures, investments in the sector totalled JOD111.4 million (USD157 million), the bulk of which were made in the GSM market where penetration rose 5% to 30.3% over the year. Sole wireline operator Jordan Telecom saw fixed line subscriptions grow slightly, from 623,000 to 638,000, mainly due to sweeping price cuts of more than 50% on local and long-distance calls implemented over the year. Despite numerous government-backed schemes and a 50% reduction in tariffs, internet growth was slow, with subscriptions rising just 11,000 to 107,000; penetration of 2.03%.
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