Qtel welcomes new 3G network with video calls

Qatar's sole mobile operator has launched video calling, the first dedicated service for its new 3G network which has been built in partnership with Alcatel and Siemens.

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By  Alex Ritman Published  July 26, 2006

Qatar’s sole mobile operator Qtel has launched the first dedicated service to be provided over its new 3G network. With Alcatel as technology supplier, Qtel has launched 3G video calling, the first in a range of multimedia high speed 3G/UMTS services that will be rolled out, including video conferences, high-speed data and video streaming. The new 3G video calling service will be offered to both postpaid and prepaid customers with no connection or monthly fees. Siemens and Alcatel supplied Qtel’s 3G network, and several base stations have been erected across Qatar. Some 200 base stations are expected to become functional by December. According to Qtel CEO Nasser Marafih, the operator will soon be able to provide much more personalised and interactive services. “We are confident that both Alcatel 3G network infrastructure and mobile services solutions will enable us, in the long run, to provide users with personalised and interactive content, such as video MMS, video streaming or live broadcast TV. This “made for mobile” TV channel solutions will boost the broadcasting of the Asian Games, taking place in Doha this December.” Qtel currently has over 810,000 subscribers.

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