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  jamal   Posted on: Wed, 18 May, 2011 04:46:18 AM
 


Qatar’s Digital Highway to the Future
Qatar recently announced plans to build the Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN), an ambitious endeavor that aims to connect the entire country to a high speed fiber network by 2015. ICT Connector spoke with ictQATAR Secretary General Dr. Hessa Al Jaber about her vision for QNBN, how she plans to build demand for the broadband network and how she envisions QNBN propelling Qatar into the future.

Some have called data and information the new oil, and Qatar is taking bold steps to take full advantage of this emerging resource. With the recent announcement of plans to build a high speed Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN), Qatar’s government gave a clear indication of its commitment to taking decisive steps towards becoming a true knowledge-based economy. This critical investment moves Qatar towards a future that is not solely dependent on natural resources, but rather one that also relies on information and communication technology as the key to continued prosperity.

“Qatar is a country with grand ambitions and high speed channels of connectivity will be essential to achieving its goals,” said Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, ictQATAR’s Secretary General, the government official driving Qatar’s digital agenda. “As a relatively small market, however, relying solely on attracting private investment to build an expensive fiber network infrastructure will limit progress, delay advancements in important sectors and likely stall some already planned, forward looking projects. This government-led National Broadband Network effort will ensure progress and keep our commitment to bringing connectivity to every corner of Qatar, including the most remote areas,” said Dr. Hessa.

A recently formed government company, the Qatar National Broadband Company, will lead the build-out of the passive infrastructure of the broadband network and will later manage access to licensed service providers. The company plans to work closely with the private sector, specifically network operators that are investing in a fiber-network to ensure efforts are not duplicated and assets are shared to maximize impact. Qtel has already committed considerable resources in their fiber-to-home efforts and Vodafone-Qatar is also beginning construction of fiber optic networks, in addition to passive infrastructure being built by some development corporations. The involvement of these entities in QNBN will play a major role in its success. Qatar is aiming to have QNBN connected to 95 percent of the country by 2015, with speeds reaching 100 Mbps.

        

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