‘Zain Jordan to launch 4G services in 1st quarter of 2015’October 1, 2014

Zain Jordan on Tuesday said it will commercially launch fourth generation services (4G) in the first quarter of 2015 after signing an agreement with China’s Huawei to build its 4G network.

Zain Jordan selected Huawei based on an evaluation of the proposals submitted by five telecommunications companies, taking into consideration technical standards along with financial offers, Ahmad Hanandeh, the company’s CEO, told reporters after signing the agreement.


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Landline subscriptions continue to decline as mobile phones dominateSeptember 29, 2014

Landline subscriptions in Jordan have been declining over the past eight years, while mobile subscriptions have grown significantly, according to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC).

Figures released recently by the TRC showed that fixed telephony subscriptions reached 377,208 by the end of June, compared to 379,000 at the end of 2013.


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Ericsson report ranks Jordan among MENA's highest rates of ICT servicesSeptember 24, 2014

Jordan has the highest rates of ICT services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to an Ericsson report on the Networked Society City index.

Tareq Saadi, the regional manager of northern Middle East in Ericsson, indicated Tuesday that the report showed that Jordan was among 11 countries in MENA in the highest rates of ICT services, constituting 4.6 per cent of the total gross"...

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ZTE Welcomes Withdrawal of Patent Claim Before UK CourtSeptember 24, 2014

Vringo Inc. has withdrawn another infringement claim against ZTE Corporation before the UK High Court of Justice Chancery Division court.

The patent in question (EP (UK) 1 808 029), relating to mobile communication standards, was asserted by Vringo to be one of its strongest Standard Essential Patent (SEP) claims in its patent portfolio, and a key part of the litigation"...

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Umniah an Official Telecom Partner of MENA ICT Forum 2014September 21, 2014

In its continued support for Jordan’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector as well as seeking to strengthen Jordan’s regional influence, Umniah has announced its sponsorship of the MENA ICT Forum2014 as one of the official Telecom Partners,that is scheduled to be held at the King Hussein Business Park on November 12th and 13th.


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Communication Minister meets telecom service providersSeptember 18, 2014

The Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Azzam Sleit, discussed on Wednesday a number of strategic issues with the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the telecommunication companies working in Jordan.

The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and the Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) also attended the deliberations, which brought together Zain Jordan CEO Ahmad Hanandeh, Umniah's"...

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ZTE and E-Plus on the Road to Voice-over-LTESeptember 15, 2014

ZTE, a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, and German network operator E-Plus have announced that they are cooperating on the deployment of an IMS (IP multimedia services) based core network infrastructure. This will be the basis for a commercial voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service in the E-Plus network.


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Telecom operators lose $25m annually to fraud — ministrySeptember 14, 2014

As telecom operators in Jordan lose some $25 million annually due to SIM box fraud and the illegal commercial use of Voice over IP (VoIP) service, the government will consider imposing more deterrent penalties against violators, according to the ICT Ministry.

“We will introduce amendments to the Penal Code to combat illegal smuggling of international calls whether via SIM boxes or illegal commercial use of VoIP as the current penalties are not deterrent,” ICT Minister Azzam Sleit said last week.


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Future of local ICT industry lies beyond 2G services -- executivesSeptember 1, 2014

Second generation (2G) networks will no longer be needed in Jordan in five to seven years, but it will be difficult to switch to more advanced services as long as many devices are only 2G-enabled, according to telecom executives.

"It is in the interest of telecos as well as [other] companies that the usage of 2G networks stops and companies use the spectrum of these networks for improving services and providing more advanced... speeds that are enabled by third and fourth generation networks," said Waleed Khodeir, director"...

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Cabinet approves Jordan's joining IMSOSeptember 1, 2014

The Council of Ministers on Sunday gave the green light for Jordan to join the Convention on International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) that oversees certain public satellite safety and security communication services.

In a session chaired by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, the ministers noted IMSO's importance in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, distress alerting and search and rescue co-ordination communications"...

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