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Posted On: 19 January 2010 12:40 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qtel to upgrade mobile broadband network

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Qtel will soon provide the fastest high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) network for Qatar with the completion of the next phase of its mobile broadband network upgrade next month. The upgrade process sees base stations all over the country being replaced and enhanced connectivity being introduced across the network. As result, users of 3G-enabled mobile phones, USB modems and data cards will all benefit from improved data download speeds and enhanced quality of services. In parallel, Qtel has initiated a major trial process for new network devices capable of benefitting from massive download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps. Working with customers, Qtel is preparing to offer some of the highest 3G download speeds currently available in the near future. Qtel has been working with Nokia Siemens Networks, which is supplying its latest generation Base Stations and all-IP backhaul solution to increase Qtel’s network capacity and enable a smooth transition to higher speed data access. The base station upgrade will make an important contribution to enhancing outdoor coverage, while work is ongoing to provide a superior indoor experience. Customers will benefit from an immediate improvement in the average speed offering as the upgrade becomes available, although speeds will be determined by the distance from the nearest base station and the number of customers using that station. However, the addition of new towers will also enable more people to use mobile Broadband in Qatar. The enhanced capacity is necessary as the community of mobile Broadband customers continues to grow in Qatar. The increasing ubiquity of 3G enabled phones is one factor driving demand for bandwidth, while Qtel’s provision of both prepaid and post-paid mobile Broadband packages in Qatar has rapidly enhanced the number of people accessing the network. As an additional benefit, the upgrade process will have a positive environmental effect, by ensuring the base towers consumer less energy and reduce the total cost of operation. Qtel offers special 30-day, 10-day and three-day prepaid packages, delivering unlimited Internet access for the duration. With the higher download speeds, people will be able to watch movies, access educational material and enjoy a world of entertainment online faster and more effectively. Customers will not need to apply for the speed upgrade, and the service enhancements are being provided for free for all customers.