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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mobile Broadband Service for Qatar

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Qtel have launched a new mobile broadband service which will enable users to access the internet via their laptop from anywhere in Doha, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan, Messaieed, Al Khor and Ras Laffan.

To use the service laptop users need to buy a USB modem and data only SIM card, and then subscribe to a price plan, which varies from QAR 100 - QAR 300.

The USB modem can be bought for QAR799, although laptop users who already have the appropriate devices will not need to purchase it.

Qtel has stated that speeds will be similar to home ADSL in Qatar - i.e. slow!

In other telecommunications news, eight companies have expressed an interest in bidding for a second fixed line licence. Whether this will make a huge difference to internet connection speeds remains to be seen - a Qtel engineer told me that internet problems were due to infrastructure problems caused by problems with poor quality material, and could not be easily solved.

Qtel let's connect imageNevertheless, given the huge unpopularity of Qtel, when there are some competitors around I'd imagine some people will be saying, "Okay, let's connect - but not with Qtel."

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