One of the standouts in the region for its burgeoning technology start up industry, Jordans’ also home to a modern liberalised telecoms market.
Privatised incumbent Jordan Telecom Group is 51% owned by France Telecom and operates as OrangeJordan. Despite liberalisation Jordan Telecom Group maintains a stronghold on the fixed market. Competition is strongest in the broadband and mobile markets, based predominantly on infrastructure.
The fixed broadband market is served by a number of technology platforms including ADSL, FttX, WiMAX and leased line.Jordanrecently announced plans to revive its National Broadband Network after construction was halted due to lack of funds. WiMAX makes up a significant proportion of total fixed broadband subscriptions although its long term prospects are questionable given the growing popularity of mobile broadband.
Jordan has emerged as a regional tech start up due to low start up costs and business-friendly government. Its reputation is increasingly attracting international capital eager to tap into the region’s growing online market as most start ups target the region, particularly the wealthy Gulf Region countries.
Three network operators compete in the mobile market, which made up predominantly of prepaid users. All three have launched HSPA+ networks, which will underpin future revenue growth through take up of mobile broadband subscriptions.
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