Business ADSL customers of Qatar Telecom (Qtel) have started enjoying better Internet services with the telecom company doubling their broadband speed yesterday free of charge, without the need for customers to apply for it.
The upgrade will see 512 Kbps (kilobytes per second) customers jump to 1 Mbps (megabyte per second), with 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps customers moving up to 2 Mbps and 4 Mbps respectively, without any additional charges.
The enhanced speed will enable companies to more fully benefit from a range of increasingly important applications, such as e-commerce, real-time video conferencing, and downloading and transferring large digital files.
A very significant number of companies in Qatar now use Qtel’s Business ADSL service, so the speed upgrade is primed to have an immediate impact on the nation’s economy.
A study done by ictQatar indicates that Qatar’s business community is making progress in deploying the Internet as part of daily operations. Over 90 percent of businesses in Qatar with 10 employees or more are connected to the Internet, and broadband solutions are becoming the most popular solutions for forward-looking companies.
“Broadband technology provides the communications backbone for many of Qatar’s key companies, enabling them to access international markets, and helping to increase the level of contact with customers, suppliers and stakeholders. With Business ADSL broadband service becoming increasingly important to our clients, we made sure that they were among the first wave of clients to benefit from Qtel’s major Internet upgrade,” said Engineer Khalid Al Mansouri, Executive Director of Qtel’s Business Solutions.
Work began on this round of network enhancements on April 1 with the purchase of additional international bandwidth, significant network upgrades and improvement of access ports across the country. The team from Qtel Business Solutions (QBS) worked with a number of key clients to ensure that the network infrastructure was primed to help customers benefit from the higher speeds.
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