City’s businesses will have access to a wide range of enterprise services including smart solutions and new applications
Lusail City, Qatar, is bidding to become one of the most technologically advanced and connected cities in the world following a deal struck between Qatari Diar Real Estate and Vodafone Qatar.
Vodafone Qatar said the “extensive” agreement underpins its commitment to “significantly grow” its fixed line network across the country as it aims to build a world class telecommunications infrastructure.
The telecom operator plans to build an extensive, high-speed fibre technology network capable of handling speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1Gbps) across an area that spans 38 square kilometres.
This network will enable the provision of so called ‘triple play’ services that combine voice, high speed internet and multimedia over IP, and which provides access to high definition TV, premium content, video on demand and home entertainment to thousands of the city’s residents.
Vodafone Qatar will also be the first to provide indoor mobile coverage for the more than 10 buildings (including infrastructure and commercial buildings) owned and managed by Qatari Diar, in addition to outdoor mobile coverage throughout the city.
“Lusail Smart City sets new standards for community facilities and services, promising an excellent quality of life, convenience, security as well as maximum efficiency and sustainability,” said Nabeel Al Buenain, CEO of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company.
“Critical to delivering this is the integrated and intelligent infrastructure that we’re building, which is designed to address the challenges of a modern city – including higher carbon emissions, population growth, as well as increased demand on services such as water, electricity and cooling. Thanks to our partnership with Vodafone Qatar, we’re drawing on cutting-edge innovation and the latest technology to develop one of the most advanced cities in Qatar, if not the world.”
As a result, the city’s businesses will also have access to a wide range of enterprise services including smart solutions and new applications such as smart security, asset tracking and smart metering.
“Our 5G network coupled with our gigabit connectivity will open up a huge range of possibilities for the city’s residents, employees, businesses, visitors and developers,” added Sheikh Hamad Abdulla Jassim Al-Thani, CEO, Vodafone Qatar.
“We will be combining broadband internet access, television and telephone with wireless services – so called quad play – and offering smart services and new applications that will ensure Lusail is one of the most advanced cities in the world.”
Lusail City includes four exclusive islands and 19 multi-purpose residential, mixed use, entertainment and commercial districts. The Vodafone Qatar built telecommunications infrastructure will benefit an estimated 450,000 people, the eventual population of Lusail. According to a report in the Gulf Times, 80 per cent of the city’s infrastructure projects are now complete.
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