Jordan set to auction 4G licences in new year, opens sector to new entrants

7 Dec 2012

Jordan’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has announced that it will auction frequencies in the 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz bands, inviting expressions of interest by 17 January 2013. The tender is open to potential new market entrants as well as existing operators, though the regulator stipulated that there was an opportunity for just a single new mobile operator and one broadband fixed wireless access (BFWA) provider. The services allowed through each spectrum band and reserve price are as follows: 1800MHz range – 2G, 3G, and 4G with a price of JOD32.5 million (USD45.6 million) per block of spectrum (2×5MHz); 2100MHz – 3G only and priced at JOD25 million per block (2×5MHz); 2300MHz for BFWA at JOD2 million for a 5MHz block; 2300MHz for 4G at JOD10.8 million for a 5MHz block and; 2600MHz – 4G with a price tag of JOD18.75 million for each block of spectrum (2×5MHz).

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that 3G services first arrived in Jordan in February 2010, with the last of the nation’s three cellcos – Orange Jordan, Umniah Telecommunications and Technology, and Zain Jordan – introducing the service in June this year. With increasing competition in the wireless data segment driving down the price of services, 3G has seen a surge in popularity, with an estimated 2.23 million customers using the service by end-September 2012.