The Jordanian government has confirmed that work to extend the National Broadband Network (NBN) to the country’s northern governorates will commence in the next few weeks. According to the Jordan Times, the Ministry of Information & Communications Technology (MoICT) is currently assessing bids by several companies to extend the network, with a decision anticipated imminently. Nader Dhneibat, secretary general of the MoICT, noted that the governorates of Irbid, Ajloun, Mafraq and Jerash will be covered by the second phase of the project.
Work on the network, which started in 2003 and of which 35% has been completed so far, has been halted several times over the past few years due to lack of funds. However, the government was able to float the tender for the second phase of the project after receiving a JOD90 million (USD126.6 million) grant from the Gulf Cooperation Council grant in 2014.