Umniah tests LTE network, Orange ‘not part of the game’

11 Mar 2013

Bahrain-backed cellco Umniah Telecommunications has successfully completed technical test of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, AME info reports, citing the company’s CEO Ihab Hinnawi. The new network currently has limited coverage and was provided by China’s Huawei. Regarding the commercial launch of the network, Hinnawi said that the cellco would ‘integrate the new technology … just as soon as the conditions are deemed convenient for Jordanian users to accommodate such service at an appropriate cost’, suggesting that, as with its policy towards 3G, it will wait until end user devices are available at an affordable price. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Umniah was the last operator to enter the 3G market, leapfrogging the technology of its rivals by unveiling a Dual Carrier (DC) HSPA+ upgraded network, capable of theoretical download speeds of up to 42.2Mbps, in June 2012. The cellco had held off entering the segment, claiming that the market was not ready.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Orange Jordan, Jean-Francois Thomas, dismissed any suggestion that the French-backed provider would be launching 4G in Jordan in the near future: ‘3G technology meets the current needs in the country and it was launched a few years ago… the focus should be on introducing further improvements to 3G technology. We are not part of the game at present to introduce 4G technology and this is our position.’

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