Qatar to connect fibre to all homes by end 2014
Rebecca Hawkes | 19-06-2013

All homes in Qatar are going to be hooked up to the nation's fibre optic network by the end of 2014 and be able to benefit from ultra-fast, data-rich broadband services such as high definition television, according to Ooredoo - Qatar's state telecommunications operator formerly known as Qtel.

"In January 2012 we commercially launched Ooredoo Fibre, which is Qatar's fastest ever home fibre optic network. We firmly believe in the benefits of fibre optic networks for our customers and we have committed to spend capital of more than QR1 billion to have Ooredoo Fibre pass by all households in Qatar by the end of 2014," said Waleed Al Sayed, chief operating officer at Ooredoo.

"Currently we have passed 191,000 homes and connected 56,000 homes, and we are continuing to pass thousands of more homes every month," Al Sayed added.

The next stage in its roll-out is to launch Ooredoo Business Fibre, with particular emphasis on small and medium sized business in Qatar.

International management consultants Arthur D Little (ADL) says the tiny Gulf state has one of the fastest nationwide fibre roll-outs in the world since the start of deployment in 2011, according to the average percentage of homes passed by fibre [33% of the total] and the number of homes connected [6.3%] per year. The firm's report, National Fibre Strategies: National economic imperative or just another private industry task? is based on figures from the Fibre To The Home (FTTH) Council as well as data collected from operators and other estimates by ADL.