Zain Jordan commercially launched Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, becoming the first operator in the Kingdom to inaugurate a 4G network. The cellco’s new network features approximately 1,000 sites and covers all of the nation’s governorates. Announcing the launch, Zain Jordan CEO Ahmad Hanandeh commented: ‘Zain’s 4G LTE service is a quantum leap in the daily lives of Jordanians, as it provides advanced solutions and enriches the experience of businesses and consumers alike. The technology caters to the growing demand for internet services in several segments and its availability will lead to a positive impact on economic activity, given the ability users will have to do things more efficiently.’ The operator invested JOD200 million (USD280.9 million) in 4G in 2014 and plans to spend a further JOD100 million over the next two years. Zain’s LTE service offers theoretical download speeds of up to 150Mbps, and is available on a pre- or post-paid basis. Monthly subscriptions cost JOD25 (Silver package, includes 10GB of data and 500 minutes of calls), JOD35 (Gold, 20GB and 1,000 minutes) or JOD50 (Platinum, 40GB and 5,000 minutes). Pre-paid LTE data costs JOD10 for 1GB, JOD15 for 3GB or JOD20 for 7GB.
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