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Jordan’s spectrum fees are very costly even by European standards
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

acquisition fees in nine countries: Algeria, Bahrain, France, India, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and UK. The research revealed that Jordan had the highest annual acquisition fees for spectrum bands in 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz. Jordan's highest prices were followed by those in France, the UK and Algeria.  


Spectrum usage fees are fees paid by the mobile operators in order to acquire a specific bandwidth of frequency on a specific band and utilize this bandwidth in offering its services through different technologies. Their value is therefore highly dependent on the economic conditions of each country and the telecom sector's current and potentially profitability.


A new report, "An Analysis of Cellular Spectrum Acquisition Fees in 5 Arab Countries, UK, France, South Africa and India" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Telecom Strategic Research Service subscribers in January 15, 2015. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 3,000. The 27-page report, which has 36 detailed exhibits, provides an analysis and comparison of the cellular spectrum acquisition fees in the countries of UK, FranceSouth Africa, India, JordanSaudi Arabia, AlgeriaBahrain and Oman.


Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report's Table of Contents.


Any INVESTMENT in this report will count towards an annual Strategic Research Service subscription should the service be acquired within three months from purchasing the report; or could count towards attending Arab Advisors' "The 12th Convergence Summit 2015" on June 1st, 2nd 2015 at The Four Seasons HOTEL IN AMMAN - Jordan; or towards attending "The Electronic & Mobile Payments Conference in The Arab World" on April 21st, 2015 at The FOUR SEASONS HOTEL in Amman - Jordan.

"The Arab Advisors Group's study analyzed the cellular spectrum acquisition fees for the frequency bands of 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz. Moreover, it presented the findings using the (Annual Price/MHz-POP) which is the effective annual fees paid by the operators for one MHz of spectrum to serve the country's population. Based on Zain Jordan's latest spectrum acquisition and Orange Jordan's license renewal, our study revealed that Jordan had the highest acquisition fees on the 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands amongst the countries analyzed." Mr. Zaid Ghaith, Arab Advisors project manager stated. 

"The Arab Advisors Group believes that setting frequency fees at very high and, even, unreasonable costs would certainly hurt the prospects for future INVESTMENTS in the sector. High frequency fees squeeze funds that could have gone into expanding networks infrastructure and also lower the profitability of the telecom operators, hurting both consumers and investors" commented Mr. Jawad Abbassi, Arab Advisors Group's founder and general manager.


"Governments use different pricing models to calculate the spectrum prices, some countries use formulas, others use a fixed price per MHz and most countries hold auctions and set reserve prices." Mr. Zaid Ghaith, Arab Advisors project manager added.


The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has already produced over 4,050 reportson the Arab World's communications, media and financial markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).


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