TELECOM

Telecom tax hikes a step backwards on road to becoming ICT hub, telcos say February 12, 2017

The recent tax hikes on the telecom sector will increase the burden on the “heavily taxed sector” instead, it is vital to revamp the whole legislation and the taxation system governing it, according to telecom providers.

The newly introduced taxes represent an impediment to the advancement of the sector’s investments, and are likely to affect Internet penetration in Jordan, which is working towards becoming an ICT"...

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Gov’t raises minimum wage, hikes taxes on tobacco, telecom servicesFebruary 8, 2017

The Council of Ministers on Wednesday took a set of economic measures that included hiking fees and taxes as well as raising the minimum wage and cutting on expenses.

The decisions included raising taxes on cigarettes, soft drinks and telecom services, as well as increasing fees to issue passports from JD20 to JD50.

In addition, they included"...

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Telecom boycott a positive symbolic move for some, an ineffective measure for othersFebruary 2, 2017

While it is too early to gauge the impact of the one-day boycott of telecom services, many supporters have expressed their enthusiasm about its potential to bring change.

“At least authorities learnt that Jordanians are able to stand together against injustices, instead of being passive — a trait they have always been accused of,” said Hasan Shobaki, who works in a supermarket in Zarqa, some"...

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Activists urge 24-hour boycott of telecom servicesFebruary 1, 2017

Social media activists are calling for boycotting telecom services for 24 hours in protest against a potential move to impose monthly fees on using apps like WhatsApp and Viber to make calls.

In messages circulated on social media and messaging apps, activists called for turning off mobile phones from midnight Tuesday to midnight Wednesday.

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Alitalia, RJ sign codeshare agreement February 1, 2017

Royal Jordanian and Alitalia signed a codeshare agreement to offer more travel choices and enhanced network connectivity between Jordan, Italy, and beyond.

On sale from today, for travels beginning on February 6, the agreement will allow Royal Jordanian to expand its offer to Italy by placing its "RJ" flight code on Alitalia’s daily Amman-Rome service, which will resume on March 26, 2017, and on the Italian airline’s connections"...

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Goodwill Campaign signs cooperation deal with Orange JordanJanuary 30, 2017

HRH Princess Basma, the president of the Goodwill Campaign’s higher committee, on Sunday attended the signing ceremony of an agreement with Orange Jordan telecom company, to be implemented by the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD).

The agreement was signed between JOHUD Executive Director Farah Daghistani and Orange Jordan CEO Jérome Hénique, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

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Jordans mulls options to increase revenues from telecom sector January 25, 2017

With the government still looking into which measure to adopt to increase revenues from the telecom sector, one option is imposing fees on using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype, Viber or WhatsApp.

“We are still looking into the scenarios and will take the interest of all stakeholders into account,” Nader Dhneibat, secretary general of the ICT Ministry,"...

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Gov’t mulling several options to increase revenues from telecom sectorJanuary 24, 2017

With the government still looking into which measure to adopt to increase revenues from the telecom sector, one option is imposing fees on using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype, Viber or WhatsApp.

“We are still looking into the scenarios and will take the interest of all stakeholders into account,” Nader Dhneibat, secretary general of the ICT Ministry, told The Jordan Times on Monday.

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