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Communications in Jordan


Public communications and broadcasting facilities are government controlled. Telephone and telegraph facilities were introduced soon after World War II. Telephone service, at first rudimentary, was expanded in the 1950s; in 2006 Jordan had 614,000 telephones, mostly in Amman and the larger towns. In 2007, there were just over 4.77 million cellular phones in use nationwide.

All radio and television broadcasts are controlled by the government. Radio Jordan transmits AM and FM broadcasts in English, and the television stations broadcast programs in English, Arabic, French and Hebrew on two channels. As of 2007, there were 31 FM radio stations 22 television stations. In 2000 there were 372 radios and 84 television sets for every 1,000 people. There were five internet service providers, serving 210,000 subscribers by 2001.


Telephones - main lines in use
614,000 (2006)

Telephones - mobile cellular
4.771 million (2007)

Telephone system
general assessment: service has improved recently with increased use of digital switching equipment; microwave radio relay transmission and coaxial and fibre-optic cable are employed on trunk lines; growing mobile-cellular usage in both urban and rural areas is reducing use of fixed-line services; internet penetration remains modest and slow-growing
domestic: 1995 telecommunications law opened all non-fixed-line services to private competition; in 2005, monopoly over fixed-line services terminated and the entire telecommunications sector was opened to competition; mobile-cellular usage is increasing rapidly and teledensity is approaching 75 per 100 persons
international: country code - 962; landing point for the Fibre-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) submarine cable network that provides links to Asia, Middle East, Europe; satellite earth stations - 33 (3 Intelsat, 1 Arabsat, and 29 land and maritime Inmarsat terminals); fibre-optic cable to Saudi Arabia and microwave radio relay link with Egypt and Syria; participant in Medarabtel

Radio broadcast stations
FM 31 (2007)

Television broadcast stations
22 (2007)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
2,500 (2007)

Internet users
796,900 (2006)





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