Gov’t, companies reach tentative deal for free Sanad mobile connections

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AMMAN — On Saturday, The Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmed Al-Hanandeh said that the ministry has talked to telecommunications companies about providing people with the government’s Sanad application free of charge, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

The deal would allow those with a smartphone but no mobile internet connection to use the app to enter businesses and establishments. The companies have expressed their willingness and initial approval on the government’s proposal.

The minister explained, in press statements sent to Al-Ghad News, that companies are studying the possibility of the proposal from a technical point of view and will respond to the ministry within few days, but that they gave their initial approval.

The minister indicated that the proposal aims to improve the use of the application, which will be further developed during the remaining months of 2021.

The government also plans to release a tender next month to develop and manage the application and turn it into a platform for all e-government services.

The minister reiterated that downloading the Sanad application is not mandatory, and that people can use their national number, personal number for residents, personal identification, vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test, or health identity code to enter establishments.

Regarding residents in Jordan, Hanandeh said: “They can extract the health certificate from Sanad application via their personal number, while visitors can use the code sent to them when they enter Jordan.”

Downloads of the application in the past two weeks have increased by 800,000, compared to the number of downloads recorded at the end of the first week of 2021, when they reached nearly 450,000, according to the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship.

In total, the app has been downloaded 1.25 million times.The application is currently available on the App Store for Apple devices, the Google Play Store for Android devices, and the Huawei Store.

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