Qatar upgrades to high speed fibre cabling
FTTH trial phase completed in two areas of Doha
First phase trials of Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) in the residential areas of West Bay and Mesaieed, in Qatar, has been completed.
The new fibre connections have brought high-speed internet into homes in both areas and pilot group customers are pleased with the development, according to Qtel.
The FTTH trials have been initiated in over 1,000 homes in the West Bay and Mesaieed areas of Doha to test stability and reliability.
All pilot group customers received high-speed Broadband internet, high definition digital television and landline telephone services for the trial.
The transfer of customers from copper cabling to fibre was announced in March 2010 and $164.8 million was invested in the project to ensure a smooth transition across the country.
Qtel has announced that it is now ready to begin the commercial roll-out of the FTTH service, beginning in the first half of 2011.
The FTTH project is the largest Qtel has ever attempted, with hundreds of kilometres of fibre-optic cables needing to be laid and hundreds of kilometres already laid during the trial period.
Currently, around 20 central switches in the Doha area have been upgraded to cope with fibre technology.