Msheireb Properties appoints Qnbn to set up Next Generation Network infrastructure

Qnbn to install high speed fiber optics communications network in Msheireb Downtown Doha development

Doha, December 11, 2012
QNBN

Msheireb Properties, Qatar's leading sustainable developer, has signed an agreement with Qatar National Broadband Network (Qnbn) to deliver next-generation high-speed communications network to the world's first sustainable downtown regeneration project, Msheireb Downtown Doha.

The new partnership between Qnbn and Msheireb Properties represents a key milestone in Qnbn's quest to provide Qatar a nationwide state-of-the-art fiber optics infrastructure.Under the new agreement, Qnbn will equip, Msheireb Downtown Doha with a future ready network that is capable of sustaining IP based high speed broadband, communication, multimedia and televisionservices.

The network will also give residents, business owners and tenants the ability ofchoosing their preferred telecommunications service provider available in Qatar.

Eng. Mohammed Al Marri, Chief Officer of Design and Delivery at Msheireb Properties said: "The new architectural language inspiring Msheireb Downtown Doha is all about combining traditionally inspired architecture and design with the most cutting-edge technologies. Our partnership with Qnbn will offer the Msheireb community a cost effective, seamless and highly advanced service that is capable of supporting current and future digital services."

"Moreover, we have also factored in the application of the highest standard of environmental best practice when installing and operating the network,"added Al Marri.

Eng. Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, Chief Technology Officer of Qnbn, said: "We welcome this partnership with Msheireb Properties and see the sustainable downtown regeneration of the capital's commercial center as an ideal showcase of the capabilities of fiber optic broadband, supporting Msheireb's emergence as a world-class tourism and commercial hub."

Qnbn is mandated to develop a national fiber optic infrastructurenetwork, in line with the development goals of Qatar's ICT Strategy 2015of building a sustainable digital future, improving connectivity throughout the nation, boosting capacity and fostering economic development, as well as enhancing public service delivery to provide benefits for all.

Qnbn will focus solely on the deployment of network infrastructure, providing equal and open access to operators to promote competition and innovation and to offer choice for the end-user, efficiently leveraging existing and new infrastructure in Qatar.

Built on a 31-hectare site, Msheireb Downtown Doha will revive the old commercial center of Qatar's capital using advanced technologies and processes in sustainable development and traditional building practices and architectural designs.

QNBN

Described as the world's first sustainable regeneration of a downtown area in a major city, the project will comprise an integrated master plan of residential, commercial, hospitality and leisure attractions aimed at local residents and the growing number of international visitors to Qatar.