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Penetration of fixed broadband has seen a surge in the past four years, showing a robust growth in Qatar’s telecom sector. Fixed broadband subscriptions jumped from 326,681 in 2011 to 459,221 in 2014, showing a rise of 40 percent. Among the different types of fixed broadband subscriptions, fibre to home subscriptions have witnessed the highest growth.
These subscriptions grew from 31,705 in 2012 to 165,909 in 2014, reflecting a growth of over 400 percent, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications data.
Experts believe that fibre to home subscriptions will continue to register high growth in coming years because of a host of advantages this technology offers to the consumers.
Fibre to home provides high speed internet speed to the customers along with TV and telephone connection at reasonable rates. Ooredoo is also aggressively expanding Fibre to home across Qatar. The company has invested over $1bn in creating fibre network and fixed and mobile connectivity across Qatar.
Ooredoo’s fibre network is available across Qatar, with more than 260,000 homes and businesses currently benefiting from fast Internet and next generation services.
The company has recently launched a major speed upgrade for Fibre customers, boosting its top-level packages to deliver the fastest Fibre speeds in Qatar for free. With the upgrade, all 50Mbps home fibre plans received a double speed increase to 100Mbps, while existing 100Mbps plans were boosted to 300Mbps – the fastest home fixed line connection ever offered.
With a 300 Mbps speed, customers can download a two-hour, standard-definition movie (1.5 gigabytes) in less than 40 seconds and a two-hour, high-definition movie (5 GB) in 2.2 minutes. Since its launch, Ooredoo’s Fibre network has transformed the broadband internet market but also the digital entertainment industry in Qatar.
Rising population in Qatar is a major factor behind jump in fixed broadband subscriptions. The population in Qatar jumped from 1.7 million at the end of 2011 to 2.23 million at the end of 2014, according to the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics.