Orange Jordan expands its 3G network

Telco selects Ericsson to upgrade its network amid fierce competition from Zain.
Nayla Khawam said Orange will work with Ericsson for the 3G upgrade.
Nayla Khawam said Orange will work with Ericsson for the 3G upgrade.


Orange Jordan, the incumbent operator in Jordan, has hired Ericsson to upgrade and expand its 3G network to cover more areas of the country.

Ericsson, which deployed Orange Jordan’s 3G network back in 2009, will provide Orange with the latest HSPA+ technology to expand its coverage and capacity. Ericsson is due to start work on the project by the end of October.

“We are glad to be partnering with Ericsson once again to expand our 3G network in the Kingdom. Ericsson was one of our key success factors for the 3G services launch,” said Nayla Khawam, CEO, Orange Jordan.

“I am sure that with this latest expansion and through our partnership with Ericsson we will be able to achieve further success together to maintain the highest quality for voice and data access for our customers.”

Orange Jordan, which was the first operator to launch 3G services in Jordan in March 2009, is facing increasing competition from Zain Jordan, which launched its 3G network in March 2010. The country’s third mobile operator, Umniah, is planning to launch its 3G service in the first half of 2012.

Orange has launched various mobile services on the back of its mobile broadband network in the past year, including mobile HD TV.

Ericsson has been the sole supplier for Orange’s telecommunication network requirements for the past 11 years, having built their initial GSM network and their 3G network.

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