Zain and Palestine Communications Group (Paltel) have announced the launch of the groundbreaking â€˜One Networkâ€™ service between Jordan and Palestine, serving over 4 million mobile customers in both countries. â€˜One Networkâ€™ provides all Zain customers to be billed as local clients for voice and data services and receive free incoming calls when traveling to any country covered by the Zain network.
The move will see Paltelâ€™s mobile service, Jawwal, join the service initially on February 1, 2010 with Zain Jordan only at this stage and eventually it is planned to expand the connection to all other 22 Zain â€˜One Networkâ€™ countries across the Middle East and Africa.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the presence of Jordanâ€™s Minister of Information and Communication Technology HE Marwan Jumaa, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, and CEO of the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, Ahmad Hiasat, Zain Group CEO Dr. Saad Al Barrak, Chairman of Paltel Group Sable al-Masri, CEO of Zain Jordan Dr. Abdel-Malek Al-Jaber, Paltel Group acting CEO Kamal Abu-Khadijeh, Jawwal General Manager Ammar al-Eker and a number of senior Zain Jordan Executives.
Zain Group CEO, Dr. Al-Barrak described â€˜One Networkâ€™ as an unstoppable reality in the world of telecommunications. â€œOnce again, we are redefining the notion of mobile telecommunication coverage, making roaming services accessible to all. In doing so, we are fulfilling our brand promise of â€˜A wonderful worldâ€™.â€
Mr Al Masri said that the agreement demonstrates the commitment from both sides to increase cooperation and offer the best services to customers in Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza.
â€œWe are on the threshold of a new era, providing value-added services with a regional dimension,â€ he declared. â€œToday, starting with Jordan, we can one-day soon envisage serving more than 10 million Palestinians all over the Zain â€˜One Networkâ€™ in the Middle East and afar.â€
Mr Abu-Khadijeh was equally upbeat about the development and stressed the value aspect of the arrangement. â€œAs of February 1, Jawwal customers in the Gaza Strip can stay in touch with their relatives in Jordan through â€˜One Networkâ€™, at rates that are more competitive than any comparable international tariff.â€
Dr. Abdel-Malek Al-Jaber said the details of the benefits of the â€˜One Networkâ€™ will be announced when the full service is launched commercially on Feburary 1, 2010. â€œWe planned meticulously to launch this service. We are confident it will have been worth the wait as we envisage enormous economic and social benefits to the people of both countries,â€ said Al-Jaber