Ooredoo ordered to stop obstructing access to QNBN

23 Sep 2016

The Gulf Times reports that Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has ordered Ooredoo Qatar to ensure it provides unhindered access to its fibre duct infrastructure to passive network operator Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN), following a complaint filed by QNBN in late-2015 which claimed Ooredoo was not fully complying with the access agreement between the two parties. The report adds that this is the second such complaint filed by QNBN requesting regulatory intervention by the CRA (the first being in 2013). The CRA has directed Ooredoo to process and fulfil all pending access requests, and to resume processing new access requests submitted under the existing agreement. The regulator’s decision also orders Ooredoo to implement an access agreement with its main rival Vodafone Qatar in compliance with the approved Reference Infrastructure Access Offer.