Vodafone to launch web services in Qatar

Operator will roll out integrated PC and mobile applications in 2010.
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Qatar’s second telecoms operator Vodafone Qatar has confirmed that it will make the Vodafone 360 suite of web services available in 2010.

The platform builds on the Vodafone People service that allows users to store their contact online. 360 will also integrate social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facbeook, an applications store as well as content platform supporting games and music.

Users will be able to access the portal via a mobile or PC.

“We think Vodafone is right to position itself as an aggregator as well as a service provider,” said John Delaney and Jonathan Arber from telco analysts IDC.

“Rather than attempting to position this as an entirely new social network, as Nokia did with Share on Ovi, it is instead focusing on allowing users to bring together contacts and content from their existing social networks, and to share content to these networks. This focus on enhancing, rather than replacing, customers’ social networks and services is something we expect to see more of from other operators.”

Earlier this month, the operator launched its fixed line service and announced that it had secured 100,000 customers in Qatar during the first two months of operation.

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