Telecommunications companies cannot unilaterally raise prices - ministry

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AMMAN — The Lower House Economy and Investment Committee convened to address telecommunications sector issues, with a particular focus on internet speed and cell phone card prices. MP Omar Naber, the committee's chairman, voiced concerns about abrupt cell phone card price increases by a telecom company, stressing their impact during economic challenges.اضافة اعلان

Minister of Digital Economy and entrepreneurship, Ahmad Hanandeh, attended the meeting and reassured attendees that price hikes are not on the horizon. He emphasized that any price adjustments by telecom companies should be collectively agreed upon, highlighting a legal gap regarding prepaid contract durations. Plans are underway to introduce fixed contract periods for consumer protection, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Necessary action
Bassam Al-Sarhan, head of the regulatory commission, clarified that the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply has jurisdiction over cases involving card price increases. Investigations will be thorough and necessary actions taken as required.

Raslan Deiranieh, the representative from Orange, informed the committee that the recent price increase, ranging from 10 to 11 percent, affected approximately 350,000 subscribers. He attributed this adjustment to rising maintenance and equipment costs, as well as a high energy bill.

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