Orange Jordan has officially announced the launch of LTE-A (‘4G+’) mobile services, upgrading the 1800MHz LTE network it launched in May 2015 with multiple frequency bands using carrier aggregation (CA). At a press conference to mark the launch, the company highlighted that the decision of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to approve its request for a 2×10MHz block of 2600MHz frequencies will boost 4G network performance, ‘especially in heavily populated areas’. Orange Jordan’s chief officer of networks and IT, Waleed Al Doulat, stated that 4G+ services ‘will cover most of the Kingdom’ with mobile data speeds of up to 250Mbps using CA, MIMO and High-order Modulation technologies, whilst the company’s press release added that ‘the spread of 4G+ covering all of the Kingdom’s governorates is not far away’, although without giving any initial LTE-A launch coverage information. Orange Jordan indicated that it paid JOD39 million (USD54.9 million) to the TRC for its new 2600MHz frequencies, alongside a recent investment tranche of roughly JOD61 million for network/IT upgrades and installing new towers.
The operator’s 4G LTE (1800MHz) coverage reaches 92% of Jordan’s population, compared to its 96% 3G network footprint.