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Posted On: 23 February 2010 11:12 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Ultra-fast Internet speeds available next year: Qtel

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Plans are afoot to roll out ‘Fibre-to-the-home’, an ultra-fast broadband Internet service in Qatar which can provide speeds up to 100 megabits per second, next year. The nation-wide roll out of the service is now being finalised, Qtel said. Qtel announced yesterday the successful completion of the first pilot project for the “Fibre to the Home” (FTTH) service at Mesaieed and West Bay Lagoon. The pilot project, which was in partnership with developers in the Mesaieed and West Bay Lagoon areas, is now fully functional, with customers enjoying Internet speeds of up to 50 megabits per second. There are immediate prospects to upgrade capacity to 100 megabits per second. “The delivery of FTTH will play a key role in making Qatar one of the most ‘connected’ countries in the region,” Qtel said. FTTH is a high-level technology that deploys optical fibres to provide Internet, phone and digital television directly to homes. As part of the pilot project, Qtel has also developed a “Fibre to the Building” service, which can be offered as a central service for all residents. The speed of Internet connection in these buildings, and the quality of telephone and digital television services, are already “among the best” in Qatar. Qtel executive director (Networks) Khalil al-Emadi said: “Qtel offers the most reliable network in Qatar and we aim to build on this position by embracing next generation technologies like FTTH. “With the success of this pilot project and the positive feedback we have received from partners and customers in the developed areas, we are now positioned to be able to offer a national service in 2011.”