The gas-rich state of Qatar used QitCOM, its annual high-tech fair and conference, to announce that it would be funding the deployment of FTTH to all business premises and 95 per cent of households by 2015.
The deployment will be under the control of Qatar’s National Broadband Network Company. The Minister of Business and Trade, Sheikh Jassim al-Thani, is Q.NBN’s board chairman.
“The establishment of Qatar National Broadband Network Company with the mandate to build a nationwide high-speed fibre optics network is crucial to the development of business, economic growth, innovation and enhanced services to all citizens and residents. It should transform the way we live and work. And I am confident that we will receive the utmost co-operation possible from all parties concerned to achieve the network rollout as planned,” Sheikh Jassim said.