MobileCom brings GPRS to Jordan

MobileCom today announced it will introduce a new 2.5G wireless telecommunications network throughout Jordan by early 2002.

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By  Kieran Potts Published  December 12, 2001

MobileCom today announced it will introduce a new 2.5G wireless telecommunications network throughout Jordan by early 2002.

GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is an overlay on existing GSM networks, but boosts data transfer speeds from the current 9.6 kilobits per second to as much as 150 kb/s. It is a ‘packet-switched’, rather than ‘circuit-switched’ technology, allowing an always-on connection.

GPRS allows users to be permanently logged onto email and the Net while on the move. Pricing will be geared towards services used and information accessed, rather than connection time.

GPRS is currently being installed in several Middle Eastern countries, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia; the network is already available commercially in Lebanon.

MobileCom “will be launching a host of services across [Jordan] in the beginning of 2002,” said Erick Valette, chief marketing officer, adding that the Jordanian company has previously introduced successful mobile services in the country, including Yalla, an Arabic WAP portal, and Clickit, a mobile information service.

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