Qtel slashes mobile broadband rates

90% cut in rates aims to make mobile internet more appealing to subscribers in Qatar

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  September 24, 2008

Qtel will slash its rates on additional data charges by 90% for its mobile broadband subscribers in a move to make mobile internet more appealing.

Through the Mobile Broadband service and special data-only SIM cards, users can access the internet by using a USB modem or any data device in areas across Qatar, at speeds similar to an ADSL broadband connection.

With the new decision, all out-of-bundle charges for its Lite, Plus and Max mobile broadband packages will be reduced by 90%, setting prices at 0.1 Qatari Riyals for every additional megabyte downloaded over the data allowance.

“We are constantly reviewing customers’ response to the new Mobile Broadband, as part of the steps we are taking towards our ‘Broadband Qatar’ strategy, which aims to make affordable high speed internet connectivity available to all,” said Adel Al Mutawa, Executive Director of Group Communications, Qtel.

The service is also available for customers traveling outside Qatar but roaming charges are usually set by the host operator.

Qtel’s reign in Qatar will be threatened when Vodafone, which won the country’s second mobile licence, starts operations next year.

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