Jordan ICT

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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...

The recent surge in data usage is reshaping Jordan’s telecoms sector. Zain Jordan, the country’s largest mobile provider, is expected to introduce 4G long-term evolution (LTE) services that enable data transfer rates of up to 150 Mbps by the end of 2014. In 2013, Zain secured new 4G and additional 3G frequencies for $270.2m. The purchase has set off a race to provide the...

What can be done to further encourage the ICT sector to contribute to economic growth?

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Jordan 2014

ICT is one of Jordan’s fastest growing industries and penetration rates for internet and mobile phones remain high. Strong growth was recorded in 2013 in data services and smartphone sales, with 38% of the country’s mobile phone users owning a smartphone. The tech start-up sector is a leader in the Middle East but, while Jordan has been able to produce a large, skilled IT workforce, it has...

In 2014 Jordan’s population reached 6.64m, as regional turbulence saw an influx of refugees from neighbouring countries. Jordan, however, remains stable as it pushes ahead with the political reforms announced in 2011. The economy continues to revive following the global economic downturn, while government commitments to tackle structural issues in the economy bode well for future growth.

Telephone companies in Jordan are set to face a series of challenges in 2014, with the possibility of a new player entering the market at a time when costs and charges are eating into profits.

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