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Qatari authorities have for years touted the importance of information technology (IT) as a driver of growth in knowledge-based sectors. They see IT as foundational to the country’s economic future, able not only to grow as an industry it its own right but to drive growth in other brain-heavy sectors like health, government and education, and...

Why did the government develop a nation-wide broadband plan, and why now?

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Qatar 2014

Qatar’s telecoms sector has put itself on a sound footing, thanks to ongoing investments in domestic and global operations. With a solid fixed network, a growing satellite market and sprawling 3G coverage, residents enjoy high connectivity. The ever-rising demand for mobile data has already fuelled a drive for 4G coverage and could prove lucrative to providers even as the use of voice and SMS...
The introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in Qatar, a move the industry regulator says will boost competition, may indeed provide a boost for Vodafone Qatar, but with mobile penetration already at 165%, MBP may not be enough to completely level the playing field.

With one of the world’s most commanding positions in the global energy industry and a growing role in regional diplomacy, Qatar has seen many returns on the political and economic investments it has made in the past two decades.

With ownership of smartphones higher than the proportion of customers with broadband access, how are services being developed to further penetrate this changing market?

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