Qatar ranks No.1 in MENA on broadband speeds

Qatar ranks No.1 in MENA on broadband speeds


Source:The Peninsula
A recent report by Akamai, a global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, has named Qatar as one of the world’s leaders in broadband connection.

The report, which analysed the Q1 results of broadband speed around the world, has found Qatar to lead the MENA region in average broadband connection speeds in the first quarter of 2017, and had the largest yearly connection speed increases of some 64%.

With a 108Mbps average peak connection speed, Qatar is also ranked seventh worldwide in providing broadband speeds, beating countries in Europe and the USA, according to the recent sampling of over 146 countries.

Throughout the report, Ooredoo’s network enhancements and investments are named as some of the main reasons for Qatar’s lead, including the company’s launch of its 4.5 G Pro service, with speeds up to 800 Mbps, for customers in Doha.

Talking about the results, Waleed Al Sayed (pictured), Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Qatar, said: “We are delighted to be fulfilling our vision of making Qatar one of the best-connected countries in the world and congratulate Qatar’s leadership and people for this amazing result. Ooredoo plans to continue to invest in our network, to provide the latest speeds for Qatar, so that it can lead in next-generation solutions and technologies.”

Ooredoo Qatar has currently installed Fibre Broadband to 96% of homes in Qatar, enabling nearly everyone who wants the service to access the lifechanging speeds and educational benefits the Internet can bring.

Alongside its investment in the latest networks, such as the company’s recent announcement that 10 base stations having been equipped with 5G-ready technology, Ooredoo is working to fulfil the growing demand for connectivity in Qatar.

This demand has seen higher levels of customers adopting higher fibre speed plans, such as Ooredoo’s 25 Mbps plan, which has had a 20% adoption in Q1 vs the worldwide adoption rates at that level of just 12% according to the report. “To celebrate this result, Ooredoo will launch a new Ooredoo Fibre plan for Qatar in the coming days, to cater for the ever-growing digital lifestyles of our customers.”