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Umniah builds 3G network

Jordanian telco preparing for 3G launch in a few months

Ihab Hinnawi said the 3G launch is just a few months away.
Ihab Hinnawi said the 3G launch is just a few months away.

Jordanian telecom operator, Umniah, is in the process of deploying its 3G network in the country, and expects to launch commercial services within a "few months".

Umniah said that it started to deploy 3G cell towers several months ago. The operator signed agreements with Huawei and ZTE to deploy the network.

In January of 2012, Umniah invested JD50 million in a 3G licence and dedicated additional sums towards infrastructure and network expenses.

It also acquired 2.1 GHz of spectrum from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), preparing it to move forward with the rollout of the advanced 3.75G services to its growing customer base.

Umniah currently serves more than 2.3 million customers in the Kingdom, giving it a 31% market share.

Ihab Hinnawi, CEO, Umniah, said: "We are expecting to launch our 3G services in the coming few months. The market has shown a number of indications that signify its readiness for 3G services as we have seen an increased demand for broadband Internet services, an increase in smartphone penetration rates, an improvement in purchasing power as well as a rise in content and applications that are suited to our community and lifestyle."

Umniah, which is part of Bahrain's Batelco Group, competes with Orange and Zain in Jordan.