Jordanian cellcos have warned that a planned increase in electricity prices would have a negative impact on the telecoms sector, the Jordan Times reports. Spokesmen from all three of the Kingdom’s cellcos – Jordan Telecom Group (Orange Jordan), Zain Jordan and Umniah – have protested against the planned pricing change, which would see costs for power increasing by between 8% and 40%. Due to the intensely competitive nature of Jordan’s wireless sector, operators are reluctant to raise tariffs to recoup the additional expenses, and the costs could instead eat into funds earmarked for future developments, to the detriment of the sector as a whole. Alternatively, the trio have considered infrastructure sharing as a possible solution, as well as converting base stations to cheaper energy sources. The providers added that they were already beset by taxes and could not absorb further levies.
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