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Qatar targets ubiquitous broadband by 2015

Aim outlined at meeting of new Qatar National Broadband Network Company

Qatar targets ubiquitous broadband by 2015

Qatar is aiming to achieve high speed broadband coverage of 95 percent of homes and 100 percent of businesses by 2015, the company assigned responsibility for sector said at its first board meeting in Doha.

Qatar National Broadband Network Company, which is 100 percent state-owned, was established by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) on March 28 last year and was mandated to accelerate the roll-out of a nationwide high-speed broadband fiber network.

The company’s directors held its first board meeting in Doha last week, the Qatar News Agency reported on Saturday.

During the meeting, Mohamed Ali Al-Mannai, Q.NBN's CEO, presented the overall company strategy and its role in supporting Qatar National Vision 2030. He said the company’s business plan for the coming three years to achieve its target of 95 percent coverage of households and 100 percent coverage of businesses by 2015.

"The establishment of Qatar National Broadband Network Company with the mandate to build a nationwide high-speed fiber optics network is crucial to the development of business, economic growth, innovation and enhanced services to all citizens and residents. It should transform the way we live and work,” said Sheikh Jassem Bin Abdulaziz bin Jassem Al Thani, Q.NBN's Board Chairman.

“I am confident that we will receive the utmost cooperation possible from all parties concerned to achieve the network rollout as planned," he added.

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