Qatar operator connects to international exchange to enhance service quality

One of Qatar’s leading operators, Vodafone Qatar, has interconnected to the iBasis global network for the exchange of international mobile phone calls. The move enables Vodafone Qatar to provide customers with quality service, while enhancing iBasis’ ability to terminate calls to the Middle East region.

Established less than two years ago, Vodafone Qatar has in excess of 711,000 customers and carries more than 5 million minutes of international calls each day, leading analysts at Wireless Intelligence to forecast the operator’s market share to be 40 percent by 2012.

Vodafone Qatar is taking advantage of iBasis Premium Voice, a service that provides high-quality international calling, advanced features and global reach through a single connection. Advanced features include guaranteed transfer of CLI, support for international voice traffic on roaming number ranges (MSRN) to all mobile destinations, fax, ISDN data and ISUPv2. Vodafone Qatar joins more than 250 mobile network operators (MNOs) that are interconnected to iBasis for exchange of international voice and/or data.

“iBasis Premium Voice enables operators to deliver high quality international service even as they rapidly expand – an important capability for Vodafone Qatar, which averaged more than 1,200 new customers per day last quarter,” said Willem Offerhaus, CEO of iBasis.

“We have achieved tremendous growth in a short period of time by focusing on the quality and capacity of our network,” said Jenny Howe, Director of Technology of Vodafone Qatar. “iBasis has a global reach as well as features provided by its Premium Voice product and competitive prices which enable us to adapt to future capacity needs, while ensuring that the quality of our service remains superior.”

Vodafone Qatar has 100 percent 2G coverage across all of Qatar, and has deployed the latest available 3G technology, UMTS 2100 and 900, resulting in 3G coverage that serves 98 percent of the population.

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