The Information and Communication Society has
grown exponentially over the past years. It is now looking to the future with
confidence. Indeed, IT sector is about to become one of the pillars of Jordan's
economy. This is the result of a policy of excellence and competency that has
been followed both by private companies and by the administration which succeeded
in providing the private sector with very skilled engineers and executives.
ICT is in the continuation of what Jordan has always been : a crossroad between
East and West, the Arab and Occidental world, a link between civilisations. The
same phenomenon occurs for new technologies, Jordan is already an ICT key player
in the region.
The country can rely on a strong network of companies involved in the software
development industry which is probably the motive power of all the IT sector.
Softwares developed in Jordan enjoy a regional, if not international, recognition
Many companies are exporting their solutions abroad and if the majority of the
contracts are destined to the Arab countries today, there is no doubt that European
and American markets are more than potential targets, they represent a tremendous
development opportunity. It is worth saying that Jordan enjoys a free trade agreement
with US and that in the close future the country will be part of the Euromed program
that aims at creating a free trade zone within EU and the countries bordering
the Mediterranean Sea.
The business community in Jordan is highly aware
of the stake IT represents for tomorrow's business and all the companies that
have reached a certain level of development are connected to the internet. The
network offers a good connection speed (comparable to the French one for dial-up
connection) and the introduction of high speed
connections is a success that gathers more and more enterprises every day.
Concerning mobile phones, two operators are competing on a market that has boomed
over the past years. They offer the full range of services to a fast growing number
of clients. Present is promising for IT sector in Jordan. Future will be flourishing…