Qatar seeks efficient delivery of services through broadband network with minimum access speeds of 50+Mbps

April 6, 2010
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Qatar is planning to have a high speed and affordable broadband network with minimum access speeds of 50+mega bytes per second(Mbps), the head of Qatar’s telecommunications regulatory authority has said.

Shaikha Hessa Al Jaber, secretary-general of ictQatar, said that a high speed broadband would prepare the country for competition in the global economy and would ensure efficient delivery of health care, education and government services in the country.

“The availability of affordable, fast and reliable connectively is an important lever and enabler to stimulate investments in new businesses,” Shaikha Hessa told the 17th International Conference on Telecommunications in Doha. “Today, 63 per cent of Qatar’s households are connected to broadband networks with minimum access speeds of 1Mbps. In the near future, Qatar aspires to build a broadband backbone to cover the country with minimum access speeds of 50+Mbps,” she said.

ictQatar is committed to building the next-generation broadband to be accessible to all people at affordable cost, she said.

“ictQatar is developing a pragmatic strategy that can utilise the best infrastructure possible and this might result in a mix of fixed and wireless technologies to ensure a national broadband coverage,” she said.

However, in order to fully benefit from the next-generation broadband, Qatar needs strong international connectivity.

“Today’s data-based communications are not limited to local content. They are global. In Qatar, Qtel, Vodafone and other investors are expanding our international gateway capacity. For large private networks, international connectivity will also be supported by new VSAT operators,” she said.

In order to achieve its National Vision 2030, Qatar needs an advanced IT infrastructure, a platform that will attract investments and talents, a legal environment that fosters entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and citizens that continue to learn, embrace new technologies, and harness skills.

“Building a knowledge-based economy requires new ways of thinking and adoption of unconventional business models. Our local businesses will need to adopt new practices like e-commerce, be more entrepreneurial and customer-focused, embrace new technologies and be open to market opportunities,” Al Jaber said.

         

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