Broadband Goal of 50 Mbps
ictQATAR Secretary General Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber has set the ambitious goal of having a ubiquitous broadband network in Qatar with minimum access speeds of 50 megabits per second (Mbps), in a speech at the International Conference of Telecommunications (ICT2010) on Monday, April 5.
Al-Jaber also highlighted ictQATAR's commitment to helping create a knowledge economy in Qatar and outlined numerous key initiatives currently underway.
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"By 2030, Qatar aims to be an advanced society capable of sustaining its development and providing a high standard of living for its people. The embedded pillar to achieve this vision is certainly information technology, which plays a pivotal role in any journey towards a knowledge economy," she said.
In setting the goal of a minimum access speed of 50 Mbps, Al-Jaber noted that such speeds are essential for people to take advantage of next-generation internet applications. "In Qatar, we are committed to building a ubiquitous high speed broadband network not only to prepare us for competition in today's global economy, but as a means to ensuring efficient delivery of health care, education and government services for everyone in our country," she said.
Al-Jaber also discussed ictQATAR's progress in creating an enabling legal environment that fosters entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation and also stressed the importance of building an attractive business environment.
"ictQATAR is creating investment opportunities in the ICT sector in a number of ways. This includes market liberalization, creating online platforms, and providing incubation support for start-ups. Building a knowledge economy requires new ways of thinking and adoption of unconventional business models. Our local businesses will need to adopt new practices, like e-commerce, to be more entrepreneurial and customer-focused, embrace new technologies, harness their skills and be open to market opportunities," she said.
In concluding her remarks, Al-Jaber said, "Our society is gearing towards a knowledge economy. We are developing strategies that address the challenges, as well as take advantage of the opportunities. Our future increasingly depends on our ability to generate and manage knowledge acquisition and spur innovation."