Al Falak talks TV with Q-tel and Etisalat

Integrator flexes its muscles as an IT and communications provider to win deals with regional telcos.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  August 9, 2005

Systems integrator Al Falak has won contracts from Q-tel and Etisalat to build IPTV infrastructure. Q-tel has awarded a 30 million Qatari Riyal (US$8.2 million) project to Al Falak for building its IPTV infrastructure network as an end-to-end solution across the state of Qatar. Etisalat has also awarded Al Falak with a 12 million Dhs (US$3.3 million) project for the supply of 20,000 IP set-top boxes as part of the initial phase of a new project. “Globally, there is a strong push towards IP-based video among telecom companies. We believe at the regional level, IPTV has become one of the most talked about new services in telecommunications,” says Ahmad Ashadawi, president and CEO, Al Falak. “We expect that IPTV will create huge opportunities for vendors and service providers in the coming five years. We have the necessary expertise to emerge as leaders in this exciting new arena,” he explains. Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) has become a common denominator for systems where television and video signals are distributed to subscribers using internet protocol. Often this is in parallel with the subscriber's internet connection, supplied by a broadband operator using the same infrastructure and possibly bandwidth.

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