ITP.net is reporting that the Kingdom of Jordan is on track to implement and enforce competition in the fixed telecoms market before the end of 2011. According to the report, Orange Jordan, the country’s sole fixed line provider, looks set to lose its monopoly as the government starts to enforce local loop unbundling (LLU), allowing other operators the chance to offer fixed services. ‘We took a decision on LLU, a decision has been taken by the regulator and now we are going into the application of the LLU. I think you will see actual enforcement by the second half of next year,’ said Marwan Juma, Jordan’s minister for ICT. Furthermore, Juma insisted that LLU will be implemented and enforced in a way that will ensure greater competition. ‘What is typical with LLU is that the incumbent will resist as much as possible, that is just standard worldwide, but the regulator has sharp teeth now to ensure that it is being applied fairly and that people have access to infrastructure and we hope that will lower the cost,’ he said.
Juma also confirmed that Jordan will gain a second 3G operator next year, with a third operator likely to follow. Orange Jordan, which launched its 3G network in March, is currently the only 3G provider in the country. The company was awarded the 15-year licence in August 2009 for JOD50 million (USD70 million), with twelve month exclusivity period from the launch of its 3G service.