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By 2015, the majority of Qatari households and businesses will have broadband access and an open-access fiber network. Over the next five years, ictQATAR is committed to installing a next-generation, high-speed broadband network. To achieve such goal, the State of Qatar has established Qatar National Braodband Network (Q.NBN) - an independent company operating within the existing laws and under license conditions issued by ictQATAR with a 550 million USD investment.
Q.NBN will focus solely on the deployment of a passive network infrastructure, efficiently leveraging existing and new infrastructure in Qatar. This government-led initiative was developed in consultation with existing network operators, Qtel and Vodafone, and will support the development of their broadband service offerings to government, enterprises, and consumers. The government support will help ensure rapid deployment and seamless access.
“Broadband provides immense opportunities for social and economic growth,” says ictQATAR Secretary General Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber. “And as the country's ICT champion, we are committed to bringing broadband to everyone in Qatar.
Qatar’s high speed broadband network will also allow three key benefits that all users in Qatar can truly avail of: