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Jordan seeks tenders for broadband
12 July 2012
Government of Jordan to ask for more bids to complete work on building national broadband network
national broadband network
Jordan’s ministry of information and communications technology is expected to announce a new tender for the national broadband network project in the third quarter of 2012, according to local reports.
The ministry has already received bids from Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, HP and Huawei, but it has decided to seek further bids. Ministry official Haitham Qaisi told the Jordan Times: “We are waiting for the cabinet’s approval to float a new tender. Upon its approval, we will prepare all the required documents. We expected to offer the tender in the third quarter of this year.”
The project — to link all public schools and universities to the country’s fibre-optic network — started in 2003 and was extended in 2007 to include healthcare centres, government agencies and hospitals but was suspended in 2008 as a result of the global economic crisis.
The government announced in February 2012 that it would create a company for the completion of the broadband network.
Qaisi added: “The government wanted to complete the project on its own but could not because of the lack of funds. We called on the private sector companies to contribute to establishing a firm to complete the project but they did not submit requests to officially form such a company.” GTB
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