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Gov’t hopes to launch many online services this year on unified platform

3. Sanad App
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AMMAN— The government will begin granting 5G licenses soon, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmed Al-Hanandeh said on Tuesday, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

He said that the 5G network will increase individuals’ internet speeds, and that internet use has risen to 12,000 terabytes per day during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh announced on January 9 that the government had given the green light to local telecoms companies to begin establishing the infrastructure necessary for 5G telecoms services.

The ministry has been resolving “many outstanding issues, ... and addressing problems in the telecoms sector,” Hanandeh said.

From the date licenses are granted, it will take a year and a half for services to be launched in limited areas, and three years to achieve coverage for 50 percent of the country’s populated areas.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission estimates that the infrastructure for 5G services will cost JD750 million.

Government services

The government will launch a website that will, through the Sanad app, offer 400 services to citizens in 2022, the minister said.

The application will issue sets of digital versions of personal documents such as birth certificates and drivers and vehicle licenses, which will appear automatically once users register.

The Sanad app has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times, Hanandeh added.

Users will no longer have to provide a photo to register for the application, the minister said, and that fingerprints will be used instead. More than 500 people are currently employed to facilitate users’ registration.

More than 100,000 people have fully activated digital identities through the app, and the ministry is working to “create a system for Jordanians abroad to activate (their) digital identity, ... all in 2022.”

The minister stressed that digitization is key to developing the economy and job creation.

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