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Vodafone Qatar in talks to boost calls capacity

Qatar telco acts after customers struggle to use overseas calls promotion.


Vodafone Qatar

is looking to increase its international calls capacity within two weeks following difficulties for many customers trying to take advantage of its overseas call promotion.

Talks are taking place between
Vodafone

, regulator ictQATAR and rival
Qtel

to secure additional capacity in the latter’s international cable landing station in the country.

“Since we don’t have our own cable landing station, Vodafone handles its international calls through
Qtel

. Of late,
Vodafone

customers have been facing some difficulties in putting through international calls due to our capacity constraints, said
Vodafone

CEO Graeme Maher in comments published by Gulf Times.

He said the company had plans for its own international cable landing station but that would take about two years to be put into operation.

"Especially in the last couple of days, the number of international calls has shot up astronomically, much beyond our calculations. Obviously, this has been due to Eid al-Fitr, when people exchange greetings with their relatives and friends on mobile phones," he told the paper.


Vodafone

customers are making international calls averaging 1m minutes a day as part of an extremely successful international calling promotion,” Maher added.

Vodafone

last week exceeded 100,000 customers in Qatar since launching its mobile service about two months ago.

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