Qtel in high-speed internet upgrade
Doha, September 17, 2011
Qatar Telecom said it has launched its next stage of campaign to provide high-speed Internet to homes and businesses across Qatar and help customers switch over to Fibre.
In recent months, Qtel field teams have laid out over 1,200 km of fibre cable throughout Doha, capable of connecting more than 60,000 homes, the company said in a statement.
This will provide the potential to offer the fastest-ever Internet experience, as well as high definition television through Qtel Mozaic TV, it added.
Starting in August, the Qtel Fibre Teams have started visiting homes to complete the final technical upgrades necessary for customers to receive the state-of-the-art services, the Qatar telecom operator said.
'After initial work in the West Bay Lagoon area, there are now teams working in parts of the Al Kharatiyat and Al Waab areas of Doha, with plans to move into new districts in the coming months.'
Residences which are eligible to be connected to the Qtel Fibre network are being leafleted to ensure they know to expect a visit from the Fibre Team, said the statement.
The telco said its fibre team will increase to almost 1,000 installers in the coming months, to enable a high number of homes in the designated areas to migrate to fibre in the country.
With fibre laid across Doha and Umm Said, 2,000 customers’ homes are already receiving high-speed Internet and Qtel Mozaic TV, it added.
Qtel said its customer service teams will work with each new customer to enable them to migrate to higher speeds without increasing their monthly Internet costs. In addition, there will also be options for new customers to receive Mozaic TV alongside their improved Internet package.
The move into the migration phase is a major step in the long-term development of world-class Internet infrastructure in Qatar, and marks the culmination of months of planning, development and implementation for the new Qtel Fibre network.
Qtel said its team will visit its broadband, Mozaic TV and landline customers in the fibre areas soon as all these services will require a fibre connection in order to access the next level of fibre-fuelled delivery.
A typical installation will take between two to three hours during the first visit and approximately one hour for the second visit, the Qtel statement added.-TradeArabia News Service