Posted on April 23, 2018

Vodafone Qatar today announced further progress in accelerating the country towards becoming one of the most connected and technologically advanced in the world with news that it is rolling out fibre connectivity across another of Qatar’s landmark developments, The Pearl-Qatar.

Vodafone Qatar today signed an agreement with United Development Company (UDC) that will see The Pearl-Qatar benefit from a fibre network capable of handling speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps). This new fibre roll-out will enable the provision of so called ‘triple play’ services that combine voice, high speed internet and multimedia over IP, and which provides access to high definition TV, premium content, video on demand and home entertainment to thousands of buildings and homes on the island. The agreement was signed by Vodafone Qatar’s CEO, Sheikh Hamad Abdulla Jassim Al-Thani and UDC’s President & CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Jassim Al-Othman during Cityscape-Qatar 2018 Exhibition, where UDC is showcasing the progress and development of The Pearl-Qatar. More than 27,000 of the island’s current residents and 700 businesses will benefit from Vodafone Qatar’s high-speed fibre network with a further 7,000 residents and businesses expected to gain access in the coming months.

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Commenting on the agreement, Vodafone Qatar’s CEO, Sheikh Hamad Abdullah Jassim Al-Thani, said: “We’re proud that Vodafone Qatar’s fibre network will help create a gigabit community on The Pearl-Qatar, transforming its residents’ daily lives and enabling its businesses to innovate. Providing fibre in The Pearl-Qatar is an important milestone in achieving our strategic goal for digital services and driving the country’s digital transformation in support of Qatar National Vision 2030.” For his part, Mr. Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, UDC President & CEO, stated: “Our vision for The Pearl-Qatar is to provide a suite of smart services and state of the art technologies that enrich the lives of residents across the Island. As such, we are pleased to collaborate with Vodafone Qatar and introduce their fibre network here as it will facilitate easy access to superfast and reliable connectivity, entertainment, multimedia and much more.”

In the past few months, Vodafone Qatar has made significant progress in providing key entities with fixed infrastructure and services in line with the Company’s commitment to significantly grow its fixed line network across the country. In a sign of its ambitions and the enormous growth potential that the business is pursuing, Vodafone Qatar expects to more than quadruple the number of homes and businesses connected to its fibre network by 2020. Drawing on the very best of the Vodafone brand globally, Vodafone Qatar is able to access the solutions and support needed to move Qatar towards becoming one of the most connected countries in the world.