By Andy Sambidge
Qatar National Broadband Network says deal begins new era of high speed communications
Qatar National Broadband Network (Q.NBN) said on Saturday it has received a 25-year licence to provide Qatar with fibre optic broadband across the country.
The licence will see Q.NBN offering wholesale broadband fibre optics infrastructure services to network service providers and operators.
"Fibre-optic broadband network will change people's lives dramatically and empower businesses across the nation to be more competitive," it said in a statement.
It will also significantly enhance capability to offer voice, high-speed internet access and other data services along with innovative content such as high-definition TV and 3D multimedia programmes, it added.
Mohamad Al-Mannai, Q.NBN CEO, said: "We are delighted to receive our official licence to operate from ictQatar which will mark the start of a new era of high speed communication in Qatar."
Last month, Al-Mannai said Qatar will invest more than half a billion dollars upgrading its broadband network over the next few years as it looks to boost capacity for new telecom operators.
The state-backed firm, which is charged with rolling out the next generation fibre optics network across the Gulf state, said the investment will provide opportunities for up to two new operators.