Orange Jordan has confirmed plans to launch 4G services before the end of June this year and, to that end, the cellco has signed an agreement with Huawei covering the deployment of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The operator told the Jordan Times that the service will initially be made available in Amman, before being extended to other cities to cover the entire Kingdom within a matter of months. Orange Jordan CEO Jean-Francois Thomas was quoted by the paper as saying: ‘We will start gradually with the introduction of the service but the rollout will be fast and all Jordanians will have the change to use the service soon.’
The senior official added that the company’s investment in 4G to-date, including its spectrum costs, stands at JOD250 million (USD351.52 million). As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Orange purchased the nation’s second LTE licence in January 2015, securing permission to use 2×10MHz of 1800MHz spectrum. Under the terms of the pact with Huawei, the Chinese vendor will also upgrade Orange’s 2G and 3G services.