Kulacom launches WiBro network with help from SK Telecom

21 May 2009

Kulacom has announced the official launch of its wireless broadband network in Jordan, in partnership with SK Telecom. Eng Basem Rousan, Jordan’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology said the launch would help achieve one of the main objectives of the national ICT strategy, namely increasing internet user penetration to 50% by 2012. Kulacom’s city-wide network, based on South Korea’s homegrown WiBro standard, currently covers over 30% of the population of Greater Amman, providing customers with a full range of voice and data services.

In a separate announcement SK Telecom said that it had signed an additional consulting agreement with Kulacom worth USD4.38 million, as well as a letter of intent (LoI) worth USD2.18 million to cooperate in the latter’s WiBro businesses in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. SK Telecom will provide support to Kulacom’s Jordanian project, as well as developing new business opportunities in other emerging markets. In particular, SK Telecom plans to send technology and marketing experts to Kulacom headquarters to provide support in business development and management.

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Kulacom, registered under the name MetroBeam Wireless Telecommunications Co, was founded in 2006 by Jordanian investors with regional and international experience in the telecoms sector. It was awarded a fixed broadband wireless access licence using the 3.6GHz band in January 2008.