Qtel and Cisco tie-up for HD-ready home routers

The telco is to provide Cisco's wireless routers for the national Qtel fibre rollout.
Qtel and Cisco tie up for home networking routers will enable home and small business users in the country to experience advanced broadband technology
Qtel and Cisco tie up for home networking routers will enable home and small business users in the country to experience advanced broadband technology

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Qatari telco Qtel has signed an agreement with Cisco to provide the vendor’s Linksys wireless routers for the new national Qtel Fibre rollout, which will enable home and small business consumers in the country to experience advanced broadband technology.

Waleed Al Sayed, chief operating officer of Qtel Qatar, said: “The launch of Qtel Fibre is an important milestone for Qtel and for our customers in Qatar, and we are working with the leading providers in every aspect of this initiative.”

The Cisco Linksys E4200 wireless router is capable of delivering wireless transfer speeds of up to 100Mbps via Wi-Fi, and supports dual band wireless providing wireless connectivity on both the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band simultaneously.

Amanulla Khan, regional sales manager IMEA for Cisco’s home networking business, said: “The Linksys E4200 is our flagship model and is ideal for connecting entertainment devices and streaming HD video and music. Consumers connect more and more devices to their home network and use more advanced web service, thus increasing the need for bandwidth in the home and on their broadband subscription.”

With an investment of QR 600 million ($164.8 million), the Qtel fibre project comprises 140,000 homes and residences in Qatar to be connected to fibre by 2013.

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