Qatari telco Qtel has completed the trial phase of its first ‘Fibre to the Home’ (FTTH) service in Doha.
Qtel is working with a number of developers to provide the service for projects in the Mesaieed and West Bay Lagoon areas of Qatar, with a target of making commercial services available in these areas by the end of 2009.
Initially, the service will provide broadband speeds of up to 50 Mb/s, with the capability to upgrade to 100 Mb/s in the near future.
Once the initial roll-out to Mesaieed and West Bay Lagoon is complete, Qtel plans to expand the service across the Gulf country.
During the recently completed trial phase, Qtel provided broadband internet, phone and IPTV-based television to end terminals in two different model sites.
Qtel is working with Chinese communications technology developer Huawei to deliver the FTTH network.