Jordan Telecom has warned the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) against granting new 3G licences before the end of its exclusivity period in mid-February 2011. In August 2009 the TRC granted Jordan Telecom a JOD50 million (USD70 million) 3G licence which gave it exclusivity for one year, starting mid-February 2010. After the twelve month period, other mobile operators are allowed to introduce 3G services on condition that they meet the same conditions as Jordan Telecom. ‘No licence should be given to any operator before the year of exclusivity ends. We have information that the TRC has already received JOD50 million from Zain to provide it with a licence,’ Jordan Telecom’s chief executive officer Nayla Khawam told reporters last week. ‘The decision to grant the licence to another operator is wrong and the TRC left us with no choice but to resort to legal channels,’ she said.
Minister of Information and Communications Technology Marwan Juma, meanwhile, is quoted by the Jordan Times as saying that the award of additional 3G licences does not violate Jordan Telecom’s rights as an exclusive provider. ‘The licence will be given to Zain and any other operator that applies, but there cannot be any launch of commercial 3G services until after Jordan Telecom’s exclusivity period expires,’ Juma said.