By Andy Sambidge
Telco launches phase 1 of Fibre to the Home plan, roll-out scheduled over three years.
Qatar Telecom (Qtel) on Wednesday announced it was investing QR600 million ($165m) in the first phase of its Fibre to the Home plan which aims to transform internet, phone and digital TV services over the next three years.
The roll-out, which will be executed in collaboration with ictQATAR, is part of Qtel's efforts to make Qatar one of the best connected nations in the world, CEO Dr Nasser Marafih said.
Broadband penetration in Qatar currently stands at around 60 percent of households, while more than 2,500 companies are already deploying fibre-based solutions within their workplaces, the company said in a statement.
However, for Qatar to fulfil its ambition to be among the leading countries in the world for ICT access, Qtel is now making a major investment in Next Generation Broadband Fibre technology.
Marafih added: "This is a major step forward for Qtel and for the people of Qatar. Our aim is to support the national strategy to make Qatar one of the best connected nations in the region, and ultimately the world.
"The national FTTH network will bring the next generation of technology services and entertainment to Qatar, and transform people's experience of the internet."
Qtel's implementation of FTTH technology will offer residents a host of advanced services, including broadband speeds starting from 100Mbps.
The company recently completed the first pilot project for FTTH in Qatar, through a successful partnership with developers in the Mesaieed area of Qatar.
Fibre to the Home is a high-level technology that deploys optical fibres to provide internet, phone and digital television directly to people's homes.