Jordan is in need of 5G high speed internet

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A magnifying glass on a circuit board highlights the concept of high-speed 5G internet network technology. (Photo: Envato Elements)

AMMAN — Jordan is in need of the fifth generation (5G) high-speed internet network technology, considering the high number of internet consumers, said Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmed Hanandeh, according to a local media outlet.اضافة اعلان

Hanandeh’s comment came as the Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (int@j) said that the introduction of 5G services will be a major leap that enhances Jordan’s competitiveness and bolsters its investment environment.

The minister contended that the increased demand for online services requires adopting the 5G services, which will become the main factor for the success of digital transformation, by providing a safe, secure, stable, and an infrastructure supported by artificial intelligence.

Hanandeh asserted that the 5G towers will neither affect people’s health, nor airline flights. He said that the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) is conducting regular studies to ensure that the 5G towers are established in accordance with firm standards.

The minister pointed out that the pricing of the 5G service will be left to the telecommunication companies and businesses.

On Thursday, TRC signed an agreement with Jordan’s mobile telecom companies Orange and Umniah, setting the stage for introducing 5G cellular technology services.

Hanandeh attended the brief signing ceremony, where he said the agreement affirms the government’s keenness to roll out 5G technology services into the Kingdom. He noted this was in line with Jordan’s recently announced Economic Modernization Vision, as the main pillar of the country’s information and communications technology sector infrastructure.

Hanandeh said that this technology will become dominant in public life, as well as in business and finance during the coming years, as 5G networks have proven to be a “true” driver for developing businesses and services for all industries and increasing economic sectors’ productivity.

On Wednesday, Hanandeh said that the investment capital that the telecommunication companies will incur to activate the 5G service is estimated at $200 to $300 million.

He said that Jordanians consumed around 12,800 Terabytes during the first quarter of 2022, pointing out that the delivery applications and platforms provided around 30,000 job opportunities in 4 years.

The spread of the internet and its usages will increase the job opportunities and enhance the GDP, according to the minister, who added that more than 400,000 users have activated their digital identification cards and 1 million users are expected to have these cards by the end of 2022.

The agreement signed between the TRC and telecommunications firms aims at licensing the 5G frequencies. Under the agreement, each licensing party can launch the 5G service within 18 months of the licensing date.

Each licensing party should also cover the main areas in Jordan with the 5G services, especially the cities as well as the business areas within 3 years of the licensing date.

The agreement also stipulates that each licensing party shall provide the 5G services to at least 50 percent of the population within four years of the licensing date, with an annual increase of 5 percent of the population until covering at least 75 percent of the Kingdom.

The government, represented by the TRC, will have a 10-percent share in the revenues coming from the 5G applications and services.

 Int@j said Saturday that the introduction of 5G services is a “major leap”, which buttresses Jordan’s competitiveness and bolsters its investment environment.

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