CRA: Qatar has the highest average internet connection speeds in the region

  Saturday, June 10, 2017

Gulf Times -- A new research from Akamai Technologies, the global cloud delivery platform, shows Qatar has the highest average internet connection speeds in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.


In its Q1 2017 State of the Internet Report, Akamai Technologies reported that Qatar averaged connection speeds of 13.7 Mbps in the first quarter, an increase of 64% year on year.


Qatar ranked 7th worldwide and first in the MEA region with the highest average peak connection speed at 107.9 Mbps in the first quarter, surpassing the 100 Mbps threshold for the first time, representing a 21% year-on-year increase. In the mobile market, Qatar had the second highest average mobile connection speeds at 13.6 Mbps.


About 99% of Qatari households are in areas covered by a fiber optic network, and, according to Qatari ICT Landscape 2015: Households and Individuals; 86% of the households have fixed wired broadband network.


Qatari National Broadband Plan (NBP) was published by ictQATAR (now the Ministry of Transport and Communications) in 2013 to support and promote broadband market development by providing guidelines and actions the nation needs to take in the next decade to ensure that the opportunities offered by broadband technology are realized. Qatar has already achieved the ambitious goals relating to internet speeds and access set out in the NBP.


"The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) plays a key role in enabling growth of diverse areas in the communications sector and ensuring the improvement of customer experience through the ubiquitous availability of smart, high quality services. Today, the communications sector in Qatar is in good health as the numbers suggest. We have a fixed line network that covers almost the entire country and, average Internet connection speeds is now the highest in the region. Service providers also play an important part by upgrading the overall telecommunications network, and by migrating to improved network and facilities," Mohammed Ali Al Mannai, President of the CRA, said.