Jordan eyes 5G to transform public services and power digital economy

Plans are underway to roll out 5G in Jordan, heralding a digital future for the Hashemite Kingdom. 5G is a foundational technology to enable the next generation of digital services and help establish the country as a knowledge-based economy. Next-generation technology will boost Jordan Vision 2025 by accelerating the country’s ICT sector, already one of the growth sectors of the Jordanian economy. HYPERLINK “https://www.trade.gov/country-commercial-guides/jordan-information-and-communication-technology” Data shows that the ICT sector accounts for 3.8% of the country’s gross GDP, with revenue annual total exceeding USD 2.3 billion. There are currently more than 900 companies active in the sector which directly employ around 22,000 workers.

For Jordanian operators, 5G promises significant revenue growth potential and advanced customer experiences. We see early adopters in the region have started to reap the benefits of 5G. For example, Kuwait was one of the countries in the Middle East with the earliest and fastest development of 5G. Since June 2019, three carriers have rolled out 5G nationwide and they have delivered strong business results that have been supported by the growth in their 5G user numbers as well as the efficiency and proficiency of 5G technology. .

But the benefits of 5G go beyond carrier business growth. 5G is also an enabler for many verticals, industries, businesses and utilities. More importantly, 5G will enable entirely new applications accessible only with advanced technologies, such as lag-free ultra-HD video over wireless, truly smart cities, autonomous mobility, telemedicine, augmented reality and reality. virtual mobile, and soon the metaverse.

Additionally, 5G will enable Jordan’s enterprising business community to advance business operations, enter new markets, access finance and attract talent. Jordan’s entrepreneurial spirit is the envy of the region. Access to affordable technical talent, good infrastructure, a liberalized telecommunications sector, proximity to major regional markets and government support have spurred a thriving private sector. According to the HYPERLINK “https://www.zawya.com/en/press-release/crown-prince-highlights-rating-potential-for-business-process-it-outsourcing-in-kingdom-at-launch-of -jordan-rybzlz8s”Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, 27% of tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa are Jordanian, even though the country represents only 3% of the population of the MENA region.

To reinforce these gains, the government is continuously exploring new ideas to energize the digital ecosystem. One promising initiative is Jordan Source – part of the Jordanian government’s Youth Jobs and Technology Program – designed to facilitate and facilitate new investments in Jordan’s digital outsourcing economy and create more jobs for the nation’s digital talent.

Jordan Source, and other similar initiatives, recognize that the country’s greatest resource is its talented youth. The country has a young, well-educated, technologically savvy, highly skilled population, bilingual in English and Arabic, with a neutral accent and eager to work at competitive salaries. More than 50% of the population is under the age of 24, of which 22% have degrees in computer science, computer science and engineering.

As a leading technology provider in Jordan, we support these efforts to develop the country’s ICT talent. Working within broad public and private sector ecosystems, we continue to invest in the development of diverse skills to ensure that organizations have access to the skilled personnel they need to pursue their digital transformation goals. Huawei has long-standing programs such as Huawei Middle East ICT Competition, Seeds for the Future and Huawei ICT Academy to support the government’s vision of building a sustainable knowledge-based economy.

Over the past two decades, we have helped the Middle East cultivate over 100,000 ICT talents, of which over 5,000 were based in Jordan. In the Kingdom, we have worked with education authorities, universities, other educational institutions and partners to set talent standards, build alliances and demonstrate the value of talent. Some of our education partners include Hashemite University, Princess Sumaya University of Technology, Jordan University of Science and Technology) and Al Balqa Applied University (BAU).

To ensure continued success, however, the country needs to bolster its ICT assets against the growing threat of cybercrime. Collaboration is key to confronting this global threat. A safer network is a shared obligation. Huawei works with government, industry, academia, customers and partners to advance cybersecurity and strengthen Jordan’s position as a trusted destination for foreign investment and residency.

Jordan has a rich and proud history of ingenuity overcoming formidable odds, epitomized by the historic city of Petra. Today, by investing in 5G, digital transformation and empowering the talent ecosystem, Jordan is well on its way to becoming a digital economic titan of this era.

The writer is CEO of Huawei Jordan

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