Ooredoo Launches 1 Gbps FTTH Service in Qatar

Qatar based telecommunication operator Ooredoo announces the launch of 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps) broadband service over its fiber to the home (FTTH) network. By offering 1 Gbps, Ooredoo says they are the first in the country to offer such a high-speed broadband service. Ooredoo’s new service would allow its subscribers to download a 3o minute, the 4K quality movie in a matter of 3 minutes.

The importance of high-speed broadband services over fiber optic networks become significant when it comes to high-end applications and services such as online video streaming, high graphics online games, e-medical services, high-quality movie downloading etc. 1 Gigabit download speed would enable a customer to save a two-hour long movie from the source site to his/her computer in two minutes. Though these are theoretical calculations, the practical time would come near to the figures mentioned here.

Ooredoo was previously known as Q-Tel. Q-Tel Group (formerly Qtel) is an international telecommunications company headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Ooredoo provides mobile, wireless, wireline, and content services with market share in domestic and international telecommunication markets, and in business (corporations and individuals) and residential markets. Ooredoo is one of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications companies, with over 114 million customers worldwide as of 2015.

Ooredoo is partly state-owned company and has operations in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, including Algeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Myanmar, Maldives, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, and Tunisia. Ooredoo has a market capitalization of QAR 301.2 billion as of September 2015 and was named “Best Mobile Operator of the Year” at the World Communication Awards 2013.

Ooredoo’s customers upgrading their current fiber plan to the 1Gbps plan will get two months at no extra charge before paying the standard price of $521 (QAR1,900).

“Ooredoo continues to set new records with our big, fast network. Our ongoing investment in the company’s state-of-the-art fiber network means that our customers can enjoy incredible 1Gbps fiber speeds for the first time,” explained al-Sayed during yesterday’s launching of the service at the St Regis Doha,” said Waleed al-Sayed, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar.

Apart from launching 1Gbps service, the service provider has also announced its Platinum HomeZone service which is designed to provide comprehensive Wifi coverage for large villas and mansions.

“By providing additional internet points for Ooredoo customers with large houses or estates, Ooredoo ensures that Wifi connectivity is strong and consistent throughout the entire home, as well as across outdoor spaces. Customers can even enjoy Wifi coverage in their gardens and swimming pools by deploying the service,” al-Sayed added.

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