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Jordan studies market liberalization

BUCHAREST, Romania-The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT) of Jordan completed contract arrangements with a U.S. consulting firm for a study to provide policy guidance on liberalizing the mobile market in Jordan.

Liberalization will take place once the current GSM duopoly expires on 31 December, 2003.

Jordan said it has put together a strong team composed of industry experts in mobile telephony with experience in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Their work will involve analysis of the current services, technologies available, the Jordanian market, the regulatory framework and environmental concerns. The study will also involve consultation with Jordanian stakeholders, including those in mobile and fixed-line provision, education, the information technology (IT) industry and e-Government sectors.

The work on the project began on 17 June and will be completed by the end of August. Following completion of the study, MoICT expects to have a clear policy direction and a strategy for moving forward with liberalization.

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