Saturday, May 30, 2009

Jordan: Jordan Telecom Group was the only bidder for a 3G licence

[zawya] The Jordan Telecom Group (JTG) was the only bidder to submit technical and financial offers to win the first Third Generation (3G) frequencies licence tender by the May 26 deadline, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) said.

TRC Chief Commissioner Ahmad Hiyasat told The Jordan Times over the phone Tuesday that the commission will today announce the results of a long-awaited public tender, but it will not necessarily go to JTG.

"Technical and financial offers will be opened Wednesday and if JTG meets the conditions and specifications, it will be awarded the bid," the TRC chief said.

ICT officials have earlier said several regional and international telecom companies have showed interest in bidding for the tender.

Sources at the JTG expressed hope yesterday of winning the tender, vowing to offer state-of-the-art services to end-users.

The TRC decided to float the tender late December 2008; however, it later decided to delay the step following requests by several local mobile operators. It was not until late March that bidders were invited to submit their offers.

If plans go as scheduled, people across the country will have access to 3G services before the end of the year, including making video calls, traditional SMS and MMS as well as hi-speed mobile data and Internet access.

Jordan: JTG only bidder to 3G tender

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