Umniah, has announced plans to launch 3G services by September this year, reports the Jordan Times, citing the company’s CEO, Ihab Hinnawi. As reported yesterday in CommsUpdate, the Bahrain-backed cellco paid the JOD50 million (USD70.3 million) fee for its concession earlier this month, while its parent Batelco predicted it could be ready to offer 3G commercially ‘in the first half of the year’. It has set aside a further JOD50 million to roll out the new network. The launch will see Umniah become the third of Jordan’s wireless operators to enter the country’s rapidly growing 3G market.
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Orange Jordan activated its W-CDMA network in Q1 2010, and after a year of exclusivity, Zain Jordan launched a rival service. From approximately 200,000 subscribers at the end of 2010, the market grew to an estimated 1.7 million customers using wireless data services twelve months later.
Commenting on the announcement, Hinnawi said: ‘Through our 3G service, we seek to facilitate internet and data access, as well as deliver original and innovative content, services and applications that boost businesses’ efficiency and constructively influence subscribers’ lives.’