Jordan telecom law revised for competition
The Jordanian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) announced amendments to the kingdom’s telecommunications law that is designed to pave the way for the sector’s expansion.
The law redefines the role of Jordan’s Ministry of Post and Communications (MPC) and formalizes the ministry’s name change to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT). The new law outlines the policy-making responsibilities of the MICT.
The regulatory responsibilities are passed to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), separating the policy making function of the government from the regulatory body. Five full-time commissioners will be appointed on staggered terms by the Council of Ministers on the recommendation of the Minister of ICT.
Other changes in the law include the centralized management of a National Register of Frequencies by the TRC and increased powers for TRC to conduct spectrum license auctions. The creation of a Universal Service Fund is also a component of the new changes, aiming to provide basic telecommunications services at the fair cost.
“The efficiencies brought about by these changes will attract foreign investors who expect a clear, transparent regime for the management of this scarce national resource before considering involvement,” stated an MICT press release.
The MICT is responsible for articulating policy in the areas of information technology, telecommunications, and post in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Ministry’s mandate includes creating an enabling environment for ICT investment, overseeing promotion of ICT opportunities in Jordan and creating national awareness about the importance of the sector to economic development. Dubbed as Jordan’s e-Ministry, it has also been assigned the responsibility of overseeing the Jordan e-Government Initiative. — (menareport.com)
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