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Qtel rolls out fibre to the home program in Qatar

The program is to enable introduction of a new range of services in the country

Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO of Qtel, described the FTTH program as an important strategic project for Qatar as well as Qtel.
Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO of Qtel, described the FTTH program as an important strategic project for Qatar as well as Qtel.

Qtel, the Qatari incumbent, has started the deployment of its fibre to the home (FTTH) network in the country, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2012. The FTTH is to connect homes in Qatar with high-speed fibre connections over the next three years.

Qtel has selected the Chinese vendor Huawei as the technology partner for the program.

Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO of Qtel, described the development as an important strategic project for Qatar and for Qtel and said that the increased capacity of the fibre solution would enable the introduction of a new range of services that would change the way education, entertainment and applications are delivered in Qatar.

The FTTH network is to offer speeds of up to 100Mbps, which will enable Qtel to deliver new services such as HDTV, online gaming and Video on Demand (VoD). Earlier, Qtel announced the FTTH programme in March 2010, which it said would be the largest infrastructure project of its kind ever carried out by the operator. The tie-up with Huawei is to benefit Qtel and its subsidiaries from volume-based price discounts for network equipment.

Yi Xiang, President of Middle East, Huawei, said: "Huawei is committed to support the Qtel Group in the delivery of a world-class broadband experience offering Qatar seamless high speed internet services."