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Posted On: 13 May 2015 08:55 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:53 pm

Vodafone unveils fastest data network

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Vodafone yesterday announced they have the fastest data network in Qatar with the widest 4G+ coverage. The announcement follows massive investments on projects dedicated to substantial upgrades and expansions of their 3G and 4G network.

Vodafone 4G+ network is now available inside and outside of Doha covering Corniche, Gharaffa, Duhail, Madinat Khalifa, Old Airport Area, Al Sadd, Najma, Muntazah, Al Nasr and Abu Hamour, Wukhair, Al Khor, Shahaniyah, Sailiya and Umm Salal.

“We are committed to offer people in Qatar the best from one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, Vodafone Group Plc. In the past five months alone, we have invested more than QR500m in our network infrastructure and mobilised a team of hundreds of engineers and technicians that have been working round the clock to provide world class telecommunications to support Qatar National Vision 2030. We are proud that our growing 1.4 million customer base rely on us each and every day and now they can enjoy Qatar’s fastest data network,” said Kyle Whitehill, CEO, Vodafone Qatar in a statement.

In January, Vodafone began phase one of their network evolution by upgrading every network site in Doha with the latest state-of-the-art technology which means 65 percent of their network is brand new. In addition the company installed 134 new outdoor sites, 42 indoor sites, 290 4G outdoor sites and 25 4G indoor sites. With this, Vodafone has increased both their 3G and 4G coverage, doubled their 3G capacity, tripled their 4G capacity and tripled their data capacity for better user experience.

The first areas to benefit from this upgrade started with Al Aziziyah, Al Rayyan, Murayk, Salwa Road, Bin Omran, Forousiya and Industrial Area. This quickly followed by West Bay, The Pearl-Qatar, Westbay Lagoon, all of greater Doha as well as Wakra, Wukhair, Al Shahaniya.

Vodafone’s Chief Technology Officer, Ramy Boctor, said: “We have immediately seen the impact of this upgrade in terms of network speed. Based on Vodafone Qatar’s analysis of Ookla Speed test results provided by Ookla, the global leader in broadband data network testing, clearly show Vodafone now has the fastest data network in Qatar.”

Explaining the enhancements, Vodafone’s Chief Commercial Officer, Marc Norris said: “70 percent of our 4G network sites in Qatar are now 4G+ capable giving us the widest 4G+ coverage in Qatar with speeds of up to 150 Mbps and an average 30Mbps. We are acutely aware of the population’s high demand for data and we aim to liberate this with Vodafone’s 4G and 4G+ network that is currently supporting customer data usage of 1 Peta Byte per month.”

To support their 4G+ launch, Vodafone has several 4G+ capable devices in their flagship stores including the Huawei Mate 7, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, HTC One M9 and Motorola Nexus 6.

Philip Fu, General Manager of Huawei Qatar who was present at the announcement said: “Huawei Mate7 is a light and thin 6 inch large-screen mobile phone with metal body. Its ultra-slim frame design gives it the highest screen-to-body ratio on a large screen phone at 83 percent. Huawei Mate7 moreover, it has the fastest fingerprint unlock in the industry.”