Vodafone’s mobile phone network has been named ‘Best in Test’ by the international leader in mobile performance testing, P3 Communications, it was announced yesterday.
In April this year, a team of independent network analysts arrived in Qatar to travel the country’s main cities, town and roads to assess the network performance of all the country’s network operators.
Each operator was ranked on call quality and clarity, data speeds, latency, YouTube, and web browsing performance. “Vodafone achieved the overall highest score, earning the coveted ‘Best in Test’ certificate from P3 Communications,” it was explained in a statement.
Mohamed al-Sadah, chief operating officer said: “We are committed to bring our customers the best from one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, Vodafone Group Plc and are delighted that our continued investment in our network has seen it achieve top marks. In the past two years, we have invested more than QR1bn in our network infrastructure and will continually invest in Qatar’s ICT sector which will play a key role in realising this great nation’s ambitions.”
Starting in 2014, Vodafone Qatar underwent a significant network modernisation programme which saw the upgrade of all its network sites with the latest state-of-the-art technology. In addition, the company installed hundreds of new indoor and outdoor sites resulting in the increase of both their 3G and 4G coverage and capacity for better user experience.
Vodafone was also the first telecom operator in Qatar to have the top speed of up to 375 Mbps live on its network, which provides almost four times the speeds of original 4G speeds.
Earlier in March 2016, Vodafone launched a new voice technology that improves the quality of calls made within their whole 3G network. Vodafone Qatar recently started rolling out a number of Hybrid Power Systems across its sites as part of the company’s energy efficiency measures and new Networks technologies that will help reduce its carbon footprint in the country.
“When assessing Vodafone’s network, the P3 Communications analysts experienced the best call clarity, best live web browsing experience and the fastest call set up times. Vodafone’s network also delivered the fastest download speeds - achieving an average download speed of 27Mbps compared to 17Mbps from its closest competitor. Vodafone also had the best YouTube experience,” the statement added.
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