Jordan grants Starlink a telecommunication license

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AMMAN — The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission signed a general category telecommunications license with Starlink Jordan, according to a statement from the commission on Thursday. The statement mentioned that the company's services are expected to begin in the kingdom at the beginning of the next year.اضافة اعلان

The agreement was signed "based on the provisions of the Telecommunications Law and the instructions that enable the company to activate its satellite services in the Kingdom, after completing its official papers with the commission and obtaining a license to operate as a company in the local communications market," according to the statement, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The license was signed by the commission's chairman, Bassem Al-Sarhan, and the company's representative in Jordan, in the presence of the deputy chairman of the commission's board of commissioners.

Sarhan expects the company to activate its satellites and provide satellite services commercially in Jordan during the next year. He emphasized that the introduction of these services to the Jordanian market is a significant achievement in advancing the telecommunications sector nationally, especially since the kingdom is among the first countries to introduce such services to its local markets in the region.

Regarding the services, Starlink Jordan, owned by SpaceX, will offer "satellite internet services through low Earth orbit satellites as part of its global project named 'Starlink' for communications." SpaceX, a leading company in providing internet services through launching several satellites, collaborates with ground transceiver devices.

Sarhan stated that "these satellite services will have positive effects on various work sectors due to their technical capabilities that allow coverage of all regions of the kingdom, ensuring diverse and high-quality communication services to beneficiaries, especially in remote areas, areas with low population density, mining and drilling sites, tourist sites, agricultural, and industrial areas, among others."

He added that "satellite services will attract technology companies to work locally, which will inevitably contribute to enhancing the competitive and investment capabilities of the telecommunications sector, developing the telecommunications infrastructure, and increasing the number of newly created jobs. It will also enhance the availability of communication services, especially in areas where such services are not currently available."

Sarhan also mentioned that "satellite services will provide alternative communications for individuals and institutions, in addition to providing backup communications capable of withstanding emergencies, disasters, climate change, natural crises, and severe weather phenomena affecting the communications infrastructure and leading to network disruptions."

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