The ministry of education (MoE) and the special communications commission (SCC) in Jordan have launched, under the patronage of the Jordanian prime minister Dr. Abdullah Ensour,a project that will connect most government schools, MoE directorates and military education schools affiliated with the armed forces to an integrated network provided by Umniah.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Dr. Mohammad Al-Thnaibat said that Umniah will harness its technology and infrastructure to connect approximately 3000 schools and sites to computer systems. The infrastructure, delivered through MPLS technology, is expected to ultimately provide connectivity speeds ranging between 15 and 50 Mbps, depending on the location, at the highest security and privacy levels, compared to the current speed of only 2 Mbps.
The minister of education added that this project embodies the partnership between the private and public sectors at its best. He expressed his appreciation for the role that Umniah, has played and explained that the telecom company's selection as a partner in the project was based on a tender floated by the MoE and SCC.
On behalf of the SCC, which is overseeing the project, Engineer Brigadier General Ali Al-Assaf pointed out that this national project is a qualitative addition to the National Broadband Network (NBN) implemented by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.
Umniah CEO Ziad Shatara, who will spearhead the execution of the project, said: "Umniah's mission will be to enable the education sector in the Kingdom to access the most up-to-date technological developments in the field of teaching and knowledge methods. We will connect schools and education governorates through a high-speed secured network, allowing these institutions the ability to exchange and share educational materials and content. These benefits will support students and teachers throughout the country, allowing interactive learning experiences driven by the latest technologies."