اخر اخبـــــار مشــــــاريـــــــع كــــيــوتــــــــــــــل Q-Tel on the up and up
Wednesday, 10 August 2005
Qatar's FALCON link to go live early next year
Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) says that the country’s link to FLAG Telecom’s FALCON undersea fibre-optic cable will go live early next year. In April Qatar joined Oman, Egypt, Bahrain, India and Kuwait in purchasing QAR100 million (USD27.4 million) of capacity on the new Gulf region system. The FALCON cable will land in Doha and promises to significantly boost Q-Tel’s international connectivity. The network is being built out by Alcatel Submarine Networks. Q-Tel’s current international links are made via the SeaMeWe and Fibre Optic Gulf cable systems.
Wednesday, 10 August 2005
Mitel teams up with Seiat Systems to offer VoIP
IP telephony specialist Mitel has teamed up with Qatari solutions provider Seiat Systems with the aim of entering Qatar’s VoIP market. Seiat, which is controlled by the Sheikh Jabor Bin Thamer Bin Issa Al Thani group of companies, hopes to target the SME and enterprise sectors with Mitel VoIP solutions and plans to extend its partner’s dealer reach in Qatar to augment its market share for a complete range of telephony applications
Tuesday, 26 July 2005
Strong wireless performance at home and abroad boosts Q-Tel revenues 18%
State-controlled incumbent operator Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) has reported a 17.8% rise in revenues during the first half of 2005, driven by a 63% increase in its mobile customer base year-on-year. Q-Tel group revenues for the six months to 30 June 2005 were QAR1.35 billion (USD371 million), whilst EBITDA rose 3.6% to QAR800 million. The revenue growth was primarily attributed to its wireless business, with mobile services accounting for 91% of revenue growth in the period. Q-Tel’s mobile subsidiary Qatarnet finished June with 600,215 subscribers. The impressive financial performance came as no surprise to Q-Tel shareholders, who were informed earlier this month that they would be receiving a record 36.5% interim dividend on their investment.
Q-Tel was also pleased with growth at its Omani mobile business, Nawras Telecom, a joint venture with Denmark’s TDC and local Omani partners, which launched services in March this year. By the end of June Nawras had 82,653 customers
Tuesday, 29 March 2005
Q-Tel launches IPVPN offering
Q-Tel has launched an IP virtual private network (IPVPN) remote connect service in Qatar. The incumbent’s multiple protocol label switching (MPLS) based IPVPN service allows business users to connect their offices and branches using a single high speed, secure and cost-effective network.
Monday, 22 August 2005
Qatarnet pre-paid promo pushes card sales past 2.5 million
Qatar’s monopoly mobile operator Qatarnet says that a recent pre-paid promotional scheme has seen demand for its recharge cards skyrocket, with the cellco’s users buying up 2.5 million cards in the space of three weeks. The operator launched its ‘Get more with the same’ promotion on 10 July, offering users of its ‘Hala’ pre-paid service bonus credit whenever they topped up their airtime. By the end of July 2.5 million cards had been sold, a record number. The promotion runs until the end of August and is part of Qatarnet’s concerted push to increase its pay-as-you-go subscriber base; the cellco is also offering a 50% discount to customers signing up to a Hala service by 31 August. A wholly owned subsidiary of national PTO Q-Tel, Qatarnet has more than half a million mobile subscribers, less than half of which are pre-paid.
Monday, 25 April 2005
Q-Tel on the up and up, and it was all thanks to Qatarnet
Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) has reported a 14.2% rise in first quarter revenues on the back of a strong performance by its wireless arm Qatarnet. Turnover for the three months ending 31 March 2005 was QAR645.4 million (USD177.4 million), up from QAR562.2 million twelve months earlier. Monopoly cellco Qatarnet was the primary driver of growth, reporting a 32.8% boost in its customer base to 531,956 at the end of the period; Q-Tel’s data services revenues were up 20.1% to QAR69.2 million. Operating profits remained relatively stable at QAR328.8 million, however, due to the start-up costs of the group’s fledgling Omani cellco Nawras Telecom, which ended March with 16,844 users.