Ericsson wins QNBN contract

Deployment of Qatar's national fibre network to begin immediately
Ray Hassan, president, Ericsson Gulf Council Countries (GCC).
Ray Hassan, president, Ericsson Gulf Council Countries (GCC).

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QNBN, the company set up to run Qatar’s national broadband network, has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to deploy the network.

The agreement, which was signed during the ITU Telecom World event held in Dubai, will see Ericsson begin the roll out immediately.

Qatar’s government established QNBN in 2011 to accelerate the rollout of a nationwide high-speed, accessible broadband Fiber to the Home network.

Mohamad Al-Mannai, CEO, QNBN, said: “QNBN represents a bold step forward in Qatar’s drive to be a leading knowledge based economy and continuous access to a high-speed network is essential for economic development and innovation.”

Ray Hassan, president, Ericsson Gulf Council Countries (GCC), added: “We are excited to work with QNBN in Qatar to help turn the 'Networked Society' vision further into reality.

QNBN aims to provide fibre access to consumers and businesses across Qatar, achieving coverage targets of 95% across Qatar. The resulting high-speed broadband connectivity will enable the effective use of multimedia and communications applications that are central to developing Qatar’s knowledge based economy.

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