Vodafone Qatar sees 63% rise in customers

Operator says it now reaches 45% of Gulf state's total population
John Tombleson, acting CEO, Vodafone Qatar, said the company was proud of its subscriber numbers following the release of its Q1 results.
John Tombleson, acting CEO, Vodafone Qatar, said the company was proud of its subscriber numbers following the release of its Q1 results.


Vodafone Qatar said on Tuesday that its subscriber numbers passed the 750,000 mark by the end of March this year.

The Qatar unit of the UK phone giant said customer numbers in the Gulf state rose by 63 percent in the past year to a total of 756,767.

The telco, which entered the Qatar market in 2009 to provide competition to incumbent Qatar Telecom, said the figure represented 45 percent of the population of Qatar.

Vodafone Qatar also said it now has 100 percent 2G coverage across the country, with 3G available to 98% of Qatar's population.

Vodafone Qatar's network now supports customers making an average of 6 million minutes of calls every day, the company added in a statement.

"We're proud that in two years of commercial operations over 750,000 customers have chosen to use Vodafone every day. We are committed to make a world of difference for all the people in Qatar and will continue to bring innovative and exciting services to the market," said John Tombleson, acting CEO, Vodafone Qatar.

UK-based Vodafone Group said on Tuesday that its turnover in emerging markets, including Qatar, were up 11.8% for the year to March 2011 compared to the same period a year earlier.

Turnover was boosted by a strong performance from the group’s Africa, Middle East and Pacific (AMAP) subsidiaries, which collectively reported organic service revenue growth of 9.5 percent against the previous fiscal year.

This increase helped to offset the slight decline registered by Vodafone’s European units, the company said.

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