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Orange Mobile labels 2G licence renewal fee ‘unreasonably high’

April 29, 2014 1:56 pm

Jordan’s Orange Mobile has criticised a decision by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to charge it over JD150m for renewing its second generation (2G) licence, describing the amount as “unreasonably high,” Jordan Times has reported. The company, which recently started talks with the regulator to set a price for renewing its 2G licence, said the TRC sent a letter instructing it to pay a fee of JD156.4m for the renewal and usage of its 12.5 MHz bandwidth in the 900 MHz spectrum by May 9. “Orange Mobile considers this amount to be unreasonably high, by all international standards and benchmarks… which has also been confirmed by Orange’s own comprehensive study that was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers,” the company said.