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TRC inks 5G deal with Zain, Umniah and Orange

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) on Monday signed an agreement with the Jordanian company for mobile services, Zain, in preparation for the introduction of fifth generation (5G) mobile services to Jordan. A similar agreement was signed last August with Orange and Umniah companies, Ammonnews reported.

Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmed Al-Hanandeh said that the agreement signed on Monday with Zain is identical to the agreements signed with Umniah and Orange.

In a press conference, Hanandeh said that the agreement came after a comprehensive study of the sector’s needs and investment requirements, and of the several challenges that will be faced, and includes a set of points that were agreed upon.

“We were late in signing this agreement because of purely legal matters on the part of the company,” he said, stressing that the telecommunications sector is part of the Economic Modernization Vision and a major enabler for all sectors.

He added that the sector constitutes a model for the advanced telecommunications sectors in the world.

Hanandeh pointed out that the sector’s work is not limited to providing telecommunications services, noting that all companies have become providers of financial and technical services as well.

Hanandeh said that the sector’s investments in infrastructure amounted to JD1.860 billion, which contributed to supporting economic development in Jordan.

Chairman of TRC Board of Commissioners Bassam Al-Sarhan said that the agreement is a continuation of the partnership between the public and private sectors.

He pointed out that the introduction of the 5G technology requires huge investment in infrastructure, noting that the commission has taken note of existing challenges, which prompted the government to adopt measures to solve them.

Deputy Chairman of Zain Board of Directors Bader Al-Kharafi thanked His Majesty the King and the Crown Prince for overcoming obstacles and supporting Kuwaiti investments in Jordan. He pointed out that the 5G services will contribute to opening new job opportunities in the Kingdom. Jordan News

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