Qatar Telecom has signed an agreement to implement a full network modernisation project that is intended to double mobile broadband speeds in Qatar. Strategic partner Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) will modernise and optimise Qtel's pioneering nationwide 2G and 3G networks, providing a network infrastructure based on the company's "future-proof" solutions.
As part of the agreement, NSN is deploying an energy-efficient radio access solution based on a Flexi Base Station, that will offer very significant power consumption savings to Qtel. These savings will help reduce the environmental impact of the ongoing growth of Qatar's communication infrastructure, by increasing energy savings, in-line with Qtel's strategy for enhanced corporate social responsibility.
NSN is also providing technical and business consultancy, site preparation, field activities and network operations support. It is implementing a state-of-the-art infrastructure roll-out process, built upon a circuit-switch core network capacity expansion and a packet core network swap based on the Flexi ISN solution for optimized data traffic.
These services will "ensure a seamless upgrade for everyone in Qatar, providing uninterrupted and enhanced mobile broadband service, as well as enabling Qtel to continue to deliver its range of product enhancements and upgrades to customers across Qatar."
The deal extends the strong relationship with Qtel that started in 1994. Qais Esrawee, Head of the "Qtel group" Customer Business Team for NSN, commented: "as a significant regional operator, with tremendous expansion potential, Qtel is one of our key customers. We are very pleased that it has recognised NSN as a reliable supplier, and we're ready to offer our best-in-class technologies in line with Qtel's long-term plans to provide superior quality to their customers."
Qtel's network continues to be supported by the multivendor, multi-technology NetAct network and service management solution. NSN will also provide Qtel with NetAct Global Reporter for collecting, processing and visualising network performance information, and NetAct Optimiser for enhancing service quality for Qtel customers and increasing efficiency of the optimisation processes.
* Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is the telecommunications service provider licensed by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) to provide both fixed and mobile telecommunications services in the state of Qatar. It has a presence in 16 countries and is committed to expansion both in the MENA region and South East Asia. Its vision is to be among the top 20 telecommunications companies in the world by 2020.