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Qatar plans faster broadband to boost economy

Telecom head says minimum access speeds of ‘50+’ Mbps could be achieved.

Qatar has earmarked faster broadband as a route to ensuring better economic competitiveness and more efficient delivery of healthcare and education services, a local newspaper has reported.

The Peninsula quoted the head of the country’s telecoms regulator, ictQatar, as saying that she was hopeful that minimum access speeds of ‘50+’ mega bytes per second (Mbps) could be achieved, although no definite timeframe was given.

“The availability of affordable, fast and reliable connectively is an important lever and enabler to stimulate investments in new businesses,” said Sheikh Hessa Al Jaber, secretary general of ictQatar, according to the paper.

“In the near future, Qatar aspires to build a broadband backbone to cover the country with minimum access speeds of 50+Mbps.”

Al Jaber added that 63 percent of Qatari households were now connected to broadband networks with minimum access speeds of 1 Mbps.

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