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Jordan to be hub for ICT during 2011, experts says.

Jordan is set to attract more investments in the ICT sector thanks to a regional cable network to be operational before the end of 2011, according to telecom experts, the media reported Wednesday. The $500 million regional cable network (RCN) project, to be implemented by seven ICT operators from Jordan, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), entails the construction of the Middle East's longest redundant terrestrial communications infrastructure along a 7,750-kilometre round trip route, telecom experts said Monday.

The RCN project will extend from the city of Fujairah in the UAE to Istanbul in Turkey and then to Europe and will serve as a gateway to the Internet for two billion people, according to the consortium of the seven companies. The consortium includes Etisalat (UAE), Mobily (Saudi Arabia), Jordan Telecom/Orange Jordan, Mada-Zain Partnership (Jordan), Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (Syria), and Superonline (Turkey). Of the total length of the cable, about 10 per cent will be inside the Kingdom's borders.
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Title Annotation:JORDAN TELECOM
Publication:The Weekly Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7UNIT
Date:Dec 24, 2010
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