Zain Jordan has signed a deal with Chinese vendor Huawei for the supply and construction of the Kingdom’s first 4G network. According to a press release from the operator, Zain assessed bids from five potential providers based on their financial offers and technical standards. The cellco has already begun laying the groundwork for the launch of 4G, Zain CEO Ahmad Hanandeh told press, noting that it had invested JOD10 million (USD14.05 million) in 2014 to upgrade its backhaul network, including the implementation of Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and Multiprotocol Lapel Switching (MPLS) technologies. Zain expects to spend JOD50 million during the current financial year further upgrades to support its Long Term Evolution (LTE) launch. The operator is sticking to its target of making the service available before the end of the year, although it will not be launched nationwide until 2015.