DOHA, Qatar- Qatar Railways Company (Rail), signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU’s) with Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN), and Vodafone Qatar, during QITCOM 2017, the fourth edition of Qatar’s information and communication technology exhibition and conference.

The signing ceremonies were held at QITCOM’s Smart Zone, in the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), in the presence of the Minister of Transport and Communications, Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, said Rail, in a


Qatar Rails’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abdulla Abdulaziz Turki Al Subaie said, “We understand that in today’s fast paced world, people want to stay connected and we are working with our partners, utilising

their knowledge and expertise, to ensure the very best telecommunication services possible.”

He added, Qatar Rail was keen on establishing strategic partnerships with each of these leading telecommunications providers in Qatar, to ensure that future users of the Doha Metro can stay connected while using the railway network.

Qatar Rail and QNBN have made a commitment to work together on all operations related to the use and maintenance of fibre optic cables and passive telecommunications infrastructure.

Meanwhile, QNBN CEO, Ahmed Al-Sulaiti said, “We are proud of this partnership with Qatar Railways Company, which will strengthen the role of Qatar National Broadband Network, in achieving Qatar National Vision 2030, providing the highest standards for telecoms and transport services, and helping to support the pace of

economic growth in the state of Qatar.”

The MoU with QNBN aims to utilise opportunities for cooperation in managing, operating and maintaining the fibre optic cables and related technologies located in Qatar Rail stations, ensuring the highest international standards are met, to provide the proper infrastructure for a high-quality telecommunications network for metro users, therefore providing vital support to this landmark economic project.

The MoU with Vodafone will ensure the availability of high quality telecommunications services to the general public, using the Doha Metro Green and Gold Lines from the commencement of railway services.

“When Vodafone came to Qatar, we made a commitment to bring our global expertise to provide world class telecommunications infrastructure, to help realise Qatar National Vision 2030, so we are proud of our partnership with Qatar Rail that will see us providing the Doha Metro’s Green and Gold lines with telecommunications services.

“Once the lines are open in 2020, a key time when the country will host the World Cup, Vodafone will ensure citizens, residents and visitors will enjoy a superior network quality experience,” said Vodafone Qatar CEO, Ian Gray.

Al Subaie concluded by saying that the Doha Metro project is progressing well and that Qatar Rail is working with the very best entities in Qatar, who share Qatar Rail’s vision, will provide the metro users with a sustainable and

world class public railway transportation system.

The first phase of the Doha Metro project is expected to be completed in 2020.– NNN-QNA