Zain Jordan plans 3G launch in Q1 2011
Operator deploys nationwide mobile broadband network ahead of launch in 2011
Zain Jordan is preparing to launch nationwide mobile broadband services in Jordan in February 2011 and expects to complete the deployment of its infrastructure by the end of 2010, according to the company’s CEO, Dr Abdul Malek Al-Jaber.
Al-Jaber confirmed that Zain Jordan has approval from the government to deploy its 3G network, and added that the company can only launch commercial services from February, when Orange Jordan’s exclusivity period runs out.
“By the end of the year, Zain will have a full nationwide mobile broadband network,” Al-Jaber told CommsMEA. “We are doing a nationwide deployment. All of Jordan will be covered. It doesn’t matter where you are, you won’t have the problem of moving between a 3G state and 2G state.”
He added that Zain Jordan is using the latest “advanced 3G upgrade” that will allow for speeds of up to 42Mbps in high ARPU areas.
Zain Jordan is deploying about 1,200 cell towers, which will give coverage across the country in the high ARPU areas, while less populated or lower ARPU areas will have “a wide range of wireless broadband services as per the need and the financial status of the consumer”, according to Al-Jaber.
In total, Zain Jordan is investing some $150 million this year in infrastructure including mobile broadband, fibre optic cable and MPLS technology, Al-Jaber added.
Zain’s biggest rival, Orange Jordan, was the first operator in Jordan to launch a 3G network. The company launched its 3G service in March 2010, with a one-year exclusivity period, after paying $17 million for a 15-year licence in 2009.