18 Feb 2016
Ooredoo Qatar has announced that a free-of-charge speed upgrade on its fibre broadband network is now live, boosting all 50Mbps home fibre plans to 100Mbps, whilst multiplying existing 100Mbps connections to 300Mbps, Gulf Times reports. On top of the speed boost, Ooredoo is also offering all fibre customers a QAR100 (USD27.40) discount on a new enhanced Supernet Fibre Wi-Fi Broadband Gateway for all 100Mbps and 300Mbps customers; the device supports more than 40 simultaneous connections.
Ooredoo Qatar has also relaunched its IPTV service under the ‘Ooredoo TV’ banner, replacing the legacy ‘Mozaic TV’ IPTV offering and including what it claims is the region’s first commercial 4K TV service. Ooredoo TV includes live TV, on-demand content libraries and apps, delivered via the company’s fibre network and in-home Wi-Fi to multiple screens. The service, built on technology provided by Huawei, is available on a self-install basis to the 260,000 Qatari homes passed by the Ooredoo direct fibre network. Ooredoo TV is available in four packages featuring Arabic and worldwide channels whilst all bundles are inclusive of 10Mbps broadband and free fixed line calls.
At the launch of Ooredoo TV, Ooredoo Qatar’s CEO Waleed al-Sayed commented on the existing size of the company’s IPTV subscriber base, saying: ‘More than 50% of our fibre network customers are already equipped with triple-play, which means that Mozaic (now Ooredoo TV) is part of the services they receive.’
The CEO also said that Ooredoo Qatar has invested more than USD1 billion in its fibre-optic and high speed wireless infrastructure, including its ‘ultra-fast’ Supernet converged network, the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) access network and its ‘4G+’ LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) mobile network.