Vodafone launches in Qatar for first 100 customers

The commercial launch of the network will take place in the summer, says CEO.

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By  Joanna Hartley Published  March 1, 2009

Qatar’s second telecommunications operator Vodafone launched on Sunday with 1,000 new customers who signed up under a special promotion, it has been announced.

The first 100 new customers will be able to use the service from March 10, and 900 others days afterwards, Grahame Maher CEO of Vodafone Qatar said.   

Initially customers will only be able to make local calls and text messages, but full-scale services should be available to customers in the next few weeks, Maher told Qatar daily Gulf Times.

The company would have 120 radio sites, mostly around the capital, and four Vodafone shops in Doha by March 10 to provide customer service.

Both pre-paid and post-paid mobile services will be available, plus high-speed internet and data communication services once the network is officiallyl launched across the nation in the summer, he added.

Vodafone Qatar’s data and 24/7 call centre have already started functioning from the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).

Vodafone had also reached an agreement with Qtel on inter-connection charges that would enable their customers to link to each other’s network, Maher added.

 “We are here to serve customers of Qatar. We are committed to ensuring best service to our customers at affordable prices,” he said.

Qtel chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saud Al Thani said: “Another telecommunication operator in our home turf definitely means competition. But we welcome it. Competition is good for us and our customers.”

“Qatar’s rapid development throws open more opportunities for mobile phone operators. This market can sustain competition. More networks ensure better resilience and improved access,” Sheikh Abdullah added.

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