Orange Jordan has launched its 3G+ network, expecting that some two million Jordanians will be covered by the service by the summer of this year. The 3G services will be offered in the market in three phases, Orange Jordan's CEO Nayla Khawam said during the launch in Amman. Under the first phase, the services will initially cover west Amman, Irbid and Zarqa, while in April the network coverage will expand to cover the entire capital. Orange also plans to cover Aqaba with 3G services by late April. During the summer, network coverage will have reached most urban locations in Jordan, delivering services to approximately 70 per cent of populated areas, which translates to around two million people, she said.
In August last year, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission granted the group a JOD 50 million licence to introduce 3G services. The group will enjoy a year of exclusivity from the date when the service becomes commercially operational, after which other mobile operators will be allowed to introduce 3G services should they meet the same conditions met by the group. Khawam said the 3G network will deliver a host of new services, such as video calling, mobile broadband, access to exclusive personalised and live TV - all of which will be reasonably priced in accordance with regional standards.