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Ooredoo’s business customers can expect upgrade to faster Internet at no extra charge

by  — 31 July 2013

Ooredoo's new Business Fibre broadband service promises to provide businesses in the country a much faster and most reliable connection to the Internet as it makes the move from ADSL to a fibre optic network

At a recent press conference, Waleed Al Sayed, (right) COO Ooredoo Qatar, noted that Business Fibre would launch with a special emphasis on the country’s small- and medium-sized businesses.

According to a press release from the company, all of Ooredoo’s existing business customers will be able to benefit from the ultrafast broadband speeds that are five to 10 times faster than the existing copper wire connection at no additional charge. Ooredoo will automatically upgrade and connect all current ASDL broadband customers over the coming months. Once connected, existing customers on the 1 Mbps plan will be upgraded to 10 Mbps, 2 Mbps to 20 Mbps, and 4 Mbps to 40 Mbps. Customers will be upgraded without paying any extra monthly fees.        

This new roll out will mean that small businesses will now be able to connect at speeds that were traditionally only available to large enterprises. Faster Internet speeds enable businesses to enhance their productivity and also reduce their IT costs by moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud platform. According to Ooredoo, businesses will also benefit from unlimited usage on all these plans. To increase Internet accessibility around offices, business customers can also purchase additional Wi-Fi access points at QR 800 per connection, including installation and with no ongoing fees.

The company will deploy the new fibre connections on a zone-by-zone basis across Qatar and plans to have it completed by mid-2014. Rolling-out Business Fibre is the next step in Ooredoo’s masterplan of covering all homes and businesses in the inhabited areas of Qatar with fibre optic networks by the end of 2014.

 Since 2012, Ooredoo’s commercial rollout of Ooredoo Fibre, which has passed more than 191,000 homes and connected more than 60,000 homes, has enabled Qatar to claim the title of the world’s fastest fibre network rollout, according to a recent report from global management consulting firm Arthur D. Little.

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