Qatar government sets up broadband company
Q.NBN aims to accelerate nationwide broadband FTTH roll out
The Qatari government has established a new company called Qatar National Broadband Network Company (Q.NBN) with the aim of accelerating the roll out of the broadband fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network across the country, according to Qatar's telecoms regulator, ictQatar.
Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, secretary general, ictQATAR, said: "The Qatar National Broadband Network represents a bold step forward in Qatar's drive to be a leading knowledge economy."
Q.NBN is to provide fibre access to individuals and businesses across Qatar, with a coverage target of over 95% of the population by 2015. This government-led initiative was developed in consultation with network operators Qtel and Vodafone Qatar, and will support the development of their broadband service offerings to government, enterprises, and consumers.
Q.NBN is to focus solely on the deployment of a passive network infrastructure, leveraging existing and new infrastructure in Qatar.
As part of its initiatives to drive demand and uptake of broadband in the country, ictQATAR is fostering the development of a digital content ecosystem that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship including national digitisation and cloud computing for government, enterprises and individuals.