Batelco’s Jordanian subsidiary Umniah Mobile Telecommunications is expected to decide soon on whether or not to deploy 3G network infrastructure, according to the company’s CEO, Ihab Hinnawi. Umniah, which claimed 2.2 million customers at the end of March 2011, has thus far focussed its wireless broadband operations on a national WiMAX network. In September 2007 it awarded Airspan Networks a nationwide WiMAX deployment contract to supply a fixed and mobile WiMAX platform capable of serving business and residential customers. At the end of March 2011 it had around 20,000 subscribers. Umniah has so far declined to pay the JOD50 million (USD70.2 million) licence fee for a W-CDMA concession, preferring to encourage those seeking a wireless broadband connection to take out a UMAX package, which it maintains offers a better experience than the W-CDMA networks offered by rivals Jordan Telecom and Zain Jordan.
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