Jordan ICT

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With Jordan’s telecoms market keeping with global trends in its shift from a voice- to data-centric service model, 4G/long-term evolution (LTE) services are set to underpin expansion in the highly competitive sector. Jordanian consumers have welcomed the news of Zain Jordan’s 4G/LTE commercial launch, with Zain standing as the first operator...

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Jordan2015

Jordan’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector is one of the most developed and robust in the region, bolstered by 15 years of industry friendly policies and a young population of digital consumers. Mobile subscribership soared from 3.13m users, representing 57% penetration in 2005, to 11.1m users and 147% penetration at the end of 2014. The market has seen consumers shift...

With a 4G licence recently awarded in Jordan and mobile operators rapidly rolling out new networks and services, increased competition is likely to boost connection and download speeds for consumers over the coming years. 

A drive to attract new investment for Jordan’s ICT sector is gaining ground, as the country moves to strengthen support structures for start-ups and encourage greater private sector participation.

After Qatar, Jordan was the second Middle East country to launch a global system for mobile communications, or GSM, and has not looked back since. More recently, advancements in data and the greater availability of smartphones are positioning the kingdom for another leap forward in the telecoms sector.

The ICT sector is Jordan’s fasting growing industry, rising by about one-quarter a year and providing more than 80,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs – equivalent to more than 6% of the labour force – according to the Information Technology Association of Jordan (int@j). Since the country opened itself to ICT development in the late 1990s, the sector has grown into an...

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