Qatar National Broadband Network (Q.NBN) and Vodafone Qatar QSC (Vodafone) have signed an interim wholesale agreement, in another significant move towards bringing high-speed communications to all who live and work in Qatar. The agreement was signed by Mohamad Al-Mannai, Q.NBN CEO and Richard Daly, Vodafone Qatar CEO.
This agreement is the first such wholesale agreement to enable a licensed telecom operator to use Q.NBN’s network to deliver telecom services to customers. As such it is an important step towards establishing Q.NBN’s commercial offering in Qatar.
The signing represents the latest milestone in the relationship begun last year when Q.NBN and Vodafone inked a Heads of Agreement. This was to define how the two organizations could work together to realize the Qatar Government’s objective to roll out an accessible nationwide high-speed fibre optic network.
Q.NBN is providing a state-of-the-art passive fibre optics platform to enable all licensed operators to offer voice, high-speed Internet access and other data services to their customers. Bringing the implementation of high-speed broadband one step nearer for households, businesses and government agencies, the agreement also paves the way for a long-term nationwide agreement between Q.NBN and Vodafone.
Under this interim wholesale agreement, Vodafone will initially provide broadband services to residential and business customers in Barwa City and Barwa Commercial Avenue.
“This interim wholesale Agreement reflects the commitment and partnership between Q.NBN and Vodafone to accelerate fibre penetration to homes and businesses to energize Qatar’s knowledge-based economy, reflecting Qatar’s Vision 2030. This close collaboration will bring high speed broadband connectivity to the country enhancing the quality of life for people in Qatar giving Qatar businesses the competitive edge they need to make Qatar a truly connected nation in line with Qatar ICT Strategy 2015,” said Mohamad Al-Mannai, Q.NBN Chief Executive Officer.
“Vodafone is delighted to partner with Q.NBN to make high-speed broadband a reality for everyone in Qatar. We are looking forward to building on this relationship to enable us to serve both business and residential customers with higher quality services. This Agreement reflects our shared commitment to advance Qatari society by working together to make a nationwide fibre network a reality in Qatar. Q.NBN’s wholesale pricing is significant as it means affordability and choice for customers,” said Richard Daly, Vodafone Qatar CEO.
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