Jordan eyes 5G rollout to power digital economy, says Huawei Jordan CEO

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AMMAN – Ethan Wang, CEO of Huawei Jordan, said that plans are under way to roll out 5G in Jordan, heralding a digital-led future for the Kingdom, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. اضافة اعلان

Wang issued a statement saying that 5G is a fundamental technology that enables the next generation of digital services and helps establish the country as a knowledge-based economy.

He emphasized that the next-generation technology will boost Jordan Vision 2025 by accelerating the ICT sector, already one of the fastest-growing sectors of Jordan’s economy. According to data, he said, the ICT sector accounts for 3.8 percent of the country’s GDP, with a total annual revenue exceeding $2.3 billion.

According to Wang, there are currently more than 900 active companies in the sector that directly employ about 22,000 employees.

For Jordanian carriers, Wang added, 5G promises significant revenue growth potential and evolved customer experiences.

"We see that early adopters in the region have begun to reap the benefits of 5G,” he stressed.

Wang cited Kuwait as one of the countries in the Middle East with the earliest and fastest 5G development. Since June 2019, three carriers in Kuwait deployed 5G on a nationwide scale, and they have reported strong business results that have been bolstered by their 5G user growth as well as 5G technology efficiency and competencies.

But the benefits of 5G go beyond enabling operators’ business growth, said Wang, explaining that 5G is also an enabler of numerous industries, businesses, and public services.

He stressed that 5G will enable completely new applications only accessible with advanced technologies, such as lag-free ultra-HD video over wireless, truly smart cities, autonomous mobility, telemedicine, mobile AR and VR, and soon, the metaverse.

Wang affirmed that 5G will enable Jordan’s enterprising business community to advance business operations, enter new markets, access finance, and attract talent. He hailed Jordan’s entrepreneurship spirit and said it is a model for the region, and underlined the fact that access to affordable technical talent, good infrastructure, a liberalized telecom sector, proximity to key regional markets, and government support have spurred a thriving private sector.

According to the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, 27 percent of Middle East and North Africa tech entrepreneurs are Jordanian, even though the country accounts for only 3 percent of MENA’s population.

To boost these gains, Wang said the government is continually exploring new ideas to boost the digital ecosystem. A promising initiative is Jordan Source project – part of the Jordanian government’s youth technology and jobs program – designed to facilitate and ease new investments into Jordan’s digital outsourcing economy and create more jobs for the country’s digital talents.

Wang said that the Kingdom has a young, well-educated, technologically savvy, highly skilled, bilingual population eager to work at competitive wages. More than 50 percent of the population is under the age of 24, with 22 percent holding degrees in IT, computer science, and engineering.

Wang said Huawei Jordan is supporting these efforts to nurture the country’s ICT talent. Working within broad public/private sector ecosystems, “we continue to invest in various skills development to ensure that organizations have access to the qualified personnel they need to pursue their digital transformation goals”.

He stressed that Huawei has longstanding programs, such as Huawei Middle East ICT Competition, Seeds for the Future, and the Huawei ICT Academy to support the government’s vision to build a sustainable knowledge-based economy.
"In the past two decades, we have helped the Middle East cultivate more than 100,000 ICT talents, out of which more than 5,000 were based in Jordan. In the Kingdom, we have worked with educational authorities, universities, other educational institutions, and partners to set talent standards, build alliances, and demonstrate the value of talent," he noted.

Wang pointed out that Huawei has Jordanian education partners, including the Hashemite University, Princess Sumaya University of Technology, Jordan University of Science and Technology, and Al Balqa’ Applied University (BAU).

To guarantee continued success, Wang underlined that the Kingdom must bolster its ICT assets against the growing threat of cybercrime, stressing that collaboration is vital in tackling this global threat.

In this context, he noted that Huawei is working with the government, industry, universities, customers, and partners to advance cybersecurity and strengthen Jordan’s position as a trusted destination for foreign investment and residency.

Jordan has a rich and proud history of ingenuity overcoming formidable odds, epitomized by the historical city of Petra, said Wang, adding that by investing in 5G, digital transformation, and empowering the talent ecosystem, Jordan is on track to emerge as a digital economic titan of this era.

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