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Jordan to finance National Broadband Network from GCC grant

The Jordanian information and communications technology ministry has announced work on the National Broadband Network is to resume after the government allocates the necessary finances to complete the project, Jordan Times has reported. Work on the project, of which 35 per cent has been completed so far at a total cost of $36m, was halted several times over the past few years due to lack of financial resources. "The government has officially agreed to include the project among others that will be financed by grants Jordan received from the Arab Gulf countries," said the ministry's secretary general, Nader Thneibat. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Kuwait pledged $5bn in aid to Jordan over the next five years.