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Vodafone Qatar CEO sees network completion in Oct

Qatar's second mobile operator says it now has 100% geographical penetration

Maher said there is need for further sharing of infrastructure by operators in Qatar.
Maher said there is need for further sharing of infrastructure by operators in Qatar.

Vodafone Qatar CEO Grahame Maher has announced that the roll out of its mobile telecom network is set to be completed in October.

He said that the company, Qatar's second mobile phone operator, had 100% geographical penetration in the country.

"All major critical milestones in building Vodafone's network are expected to be completed by October this year," he said in comments published by Qatar Tribune on Tuesday.

Maher also said there was a need for greater infrastructure sharing with Qtel.

"Tower sharing reduces cost of operations meaning better services and better value for all our customers. Moreover, it becomes environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing to the Qatari landscape," he told the paper.

Currently Vodafone has 390 outdoor tower sites in Qatar, of which 22 are on shared land with Qtel while four other towers are hosting Qtel equipments.

Vodafone officials said they were hopeful that Qtel will reciprocate by hosting Vodafone resources.

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