Qatar broadband services cheapest in Gulf

Study shows residential broaband up to 23% cheaper in Qatar than rest of GCC

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By  Mark Sutton Published  November 25, 2008

Qatar has come top in a survey to find the cheapest broadband prices in the Gulf region.

The survey, conducted by management consultancy company Arthur D Little, found that Qatar’s broadband services for residential users are between 10% and 23% cheaper than the average cost of services in the rest of the GCC.

Thomas Kuruvilla, managing director, Arthur D. Little Middle East, commented: “Qatar is making very important steps towards its goal of providing high speed broadband to residents and businesses at affordable rates. Our study suggests that current pricing is as much as 23% less than other GCC nations, as a result of innovative and pragmatic customer-focused infrastructural investment.”

Qatar also has the highest percentage of fixed line broadband penetration in the Arab World, according to a 2008 study by Arab Advisors.

Karim Taga, who leads Arthur D. Little’s technology economics competence centre, said: “There are some geographical and technical challenges facing Qatar in its ambitions for broadband. As a small nation with a concentrated population, there is a physical limit to the number of base stations and sites that can be established to support the service. However, with the clear strategy Qtel has in place, and the progress made so far, it is well positioned for ongoing development”.

Further details of the Arthur D Little survey were not released.

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