Qtel uses Cisco solution for advanced Internet connectivity

Qtel builds next-generation communications backbone with Cisco multi-service IP networking solutions.

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By  Vijaya George Published  December 23, 2002

The first phase of Qatar Telecom’s (Qtel) public IP infrastructure programme has been completed. With this, Qtel’s industrial, government and residential customers will have access to one of the most advanced internet services in the region.

Starting from today, Qtel will be capable of offering MPLS VPNs for industry and broadband Internet for businesses and residences. The current phase provides these services using xDSL and Ethernet (ETTx) access and will eventually be expanded to include nation-wide ETTx coverage, wireless and eventually Integrated Voice and Video Services Over IP (Internet Protocol).

“As we look to Qatar’s future, we predict that voice, video and data traffic over a secure IP Network will grow at a staggering rate. Ministries, industry and other customers will increasingly look to us to provide them with the services with which they can effectively operate in this increasingly digital world,” said Dr. Nasser Marafih, general manager, Qtel. “We quickly recognised the benefits of an end-to-end networking solution that offered converged services and multiple-access technologies over a unified infrastructure.”

The project is based on a network architecture and multiprotocol label switching technology from Cisco Systems. It will enable Qtel to offer its customers an increasing range of next-generation services. Having a Cisco backbone will also help Qtel to expand its bouquet of service on the same network, thereby allowing it to offer multiple services and generate multiple revenue streams.

“As Qatar moves ahead with its plans as a convention, vacation and business location, it will have increasing need for the latest advanced services combing voice, video and data networking,” said Sam Alkharrat, service provider regional manager for the Gulf and North Africa at Cisco Systems. “Middle East Telco operators such as Qtel are raising the bar regionally and globally on innovations in state-of-the-art infrastructure integrated service offerings,” he added.

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