MobileCom wants latest GSM network for Jordanian users

MobileCom is to have an advanced Ericsson GSM network in place in Jordan by the year end.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 5, 2000

MobileCom is to have an advanced Ericsson GSM network in place in Jordan by the year end.

The operator is already responsible for bringing mobile call charges down by some 30%, and now plans to offer “the fullest services achievable using GSM technologies,” Jean-Luc Vuillemin, CEO of MobileCom told CommsMEA exclusively.

He said that it was too early to give specifics regarding the new services that will be offered when MobileCom launches the new network, “but it is safe to say that MobileCom will have a unique service offering, one that differentiates it from its competitors.”

Among the services that will be offered is mobile email and mobile Internet, “because this is what the people of Jordan want. MobileCom’s philosophy is to look at the market here in Jordan and ask what it is that the people, customers, want from a GSM service provider,” Vuillemin said.

Ambitious

When it comes to competition, Vuillemin is ambitious for MobileCom. “In Jordan, we are going to be the leader. I am sure that other GSM operators in the Middle East are offering highly competitive services, but our objective is to provide Jordan with an advanced GSM network that is comparable with the world’s best … period,” he stated.

“Our mission is to partner with ‘best-of-breed’ suppliers for the hardware products to ensure the high quality of the network and the equipment used. If I had to characterise what we are building here today compared to other networks in the region, then I would say that we are building the most modern, the best network in the region.

"We have been helped in that by the Jordanian government, which has not acted to restrict the market in the way that we have seen in some other world markets,” he added.

MobileCom is investing some US $700 million in Jordan this year. “We are using expertise from France Telecom, responsible for the deployment of more than 25 networks around the world and we have expertise from JTC, working hand in hand with MobileCom people to share and transfer the experience both ways,” says Vuillemin.

Expertise

Ericsson is to supply all the components for the construction of the network including the Mobile Switching Centre (MSC) that will communicate with the Radio Base Stations (RBS) and that provide connectivity to the mobile handsets. Base Station Control (BSC) units will be deployed in major cities of the Kingdom.

MobileCom will benefit from the association with Ericsson too. “Ericsson is bringing global best-practice expertise to Jordan by transferring its technical knowledge to the Jordanian engineers who are working with MobileCom’s technical professionals during the build-out phase,” said Wadih Skaf, general manager for Ericsson in Jordan.

“MobileCom is a key partner for Ericsson and we are committed to ensuring the smoothest build out of the network in the least possible time and with the highest level of expertise. This is a long-term investment for both companies and will underpin the future of mobile comms in Jordan.”

When asked about the plans for a 3G network, Vuillemin told CommsMEA, “Currently, there is no third-generation equipment available on the market today and Jordan’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has not given any indication on when it will give the green light for the issuance of a UMTS operator licence.” He said that MobileCom will be interested in the technology.

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