QNBN opening Central Offices

7 Nov 2013

Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN) has announced the opening of two Central Offices to serve 30,000 residences and businesses in the West Bay area of Doha. As part of QNBN’s government-supported mandate to improve ICT capabilities and user choice, the company deploys next generation high speed fibre-optic infrastructure in an open-access model which enables service providers to co-locate and operate their network equipment within QNBN’s Central Offices, utilising services available in the facility. A press release says that QNBN’s Central Offices are connected through multiple routes allowing service providers to efficiently complete their network through the fibre links offered by QNBN, while work is underway to complete a number of Central Offices all over the country within the network rollout plan.

In a separate announcement, Vodafone Qatar and QNBN said that they have so far brought high speed internet connectivity to 32 business and residential towers in West Bay, including Lusail Tower, Tornado Tower and Alfardan Towers, which house local and international businesses, ranging from SMEs to large corporations now being offered higher speed fibre-optic network connections. Mohamed El-Madhoun, CCO of QNBN, commented: ‘We are delighted to jointly deliver our services to our first enterprise clients … By providing passive dark fibre network infrastructure, we are providing equal and open access to service providers such as Vodafone to jointly deliver on connecting not just West Bay but the whole of Qatar.’