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WiMAX operator launches network in Jordan

Motorola supplies equipment for 4G services in three cities

Motorola has teamed up with Kuwaiti telecoms firm Mada Communications to launch a new WiMAX network in Jordan.

The 802.16e-based network will allow Mada Communications to offer wireless broadband services, including voice and high-speed data, to customers across the region.

WiMAX is already well established in Jordan, with an 8.3% share of residential broadband internet connectivity in the country, according to a survey of Jordan’s internet users conducted by Arab Advisors at the end of last year.

In November 2007, Bahrain-based operator Batelco’s Umniah became the first operator to launch a 4G network in the country. It was followed by Wi-tribe, a joint venture between Qtel and ATCO of Saudi Arabia, which began operations in June last year.

Mada Communications will be able to offer its WiMAX service - which has a headline speed of 10Mbps - to other ISPs, potentially increasing revenues for the company.

Managing director and co-founder of Mada Communications, Charles Hage, said: “This is about empowering our customers to experience a nationwide 4G broadband network that is designed to offer higher speeds, lower cost and greater convenience.”

The service will initially be offered to wireless internet subscribers in three cities in Jordan; Amman, Irbid and Zaraq, before the network is expanded across the rest of the country.

In a statement, Mada Communications said that before the end of the year it will announce the acquisition of two more WiMAX licenses with a plan to become the largest WiMAX operator in the region by end of 2009.