More room to grow for mobile phone use in Jordan

Published April 2nd, 2013 - 08:26 GMT
Mobile phone use in Jordan is booming, but the industry is not yet at saturation point, experts claim
Mobile phone use in Jordan is booming, but the industry is not yet at saturation point, experts claim

With mobile penetration in Jordan reaching 140 per cent by the end of 2012, a local research and consulting company said there is room for further growth in mobile subscriptions.

“Mobile penetration in Jordan is expected to reach 200 per cent in the next few years, and this is normal, as in some countries, mobile penetration is 200 per cent and higher,” Jawad Abbassi, founder and general manager of the Arab Advisers Group, told The Jordan Times.

“In the near future, cars, TVs and other devices will be connected to the Internet and they need mobile SIM cards to connect to the Internet; therefore, mobile subscriptions will grow,” Abbassi said in a recent phone interview.

“In addition, many mobile users in Jordan own more than one phone” and others own phones equipped with more than one SIM, he noted.

According to figures by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), mobile penetration in Jordan rose from 120 per cent in 2011 to 140 per cent at the end of 2012 with about 8.984 million subscriptions.

The figures showed that Internet penetration in Jordan reached 67 per cent by the end of 2012 compared with 50.5 per cent at the end of 2011, according to the figures posted on the TRC’s website.

Of the total subscriptions, 691,619 were mobile broadband, 192,738 ADSL, 103,198 Wi-Max, 3,434 TV cable, 923 leased line and 828 dial up.

Fixed telephone penetration reached 6.3 per, cent with 400,082 subscriptions, by the end of 2012, compared with 6.8 per cent at the end of 2011, according to the TRC. 


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