Ooredoo confirms network efficiency in preparation for back to school
August 29 2020 08:35 PM

* Continued high demands will be met with 'network efficiency, speed and reliability'

Ooredoo has confirmed that its network is ready to cope with continued demand for efficiency as Qatar prepares for schools to reopen.

"With 30% of lessons being offered physically in schools and 70% via remote learning, demands on Ooredoo’s Supernet are expected to remain at the much-increased levels seen during the lockdown," the company said in a statement on Saturday.

As citizens and residents stayed home to stay safe, Ooredoo saw a much greater number of voice calls with each call lasting twice as long, an 11,000% increase in video calls and a 3,500% growth in online learning sessions.

In response to the "phenomenal demand, the operator facilitated network upgrades and capacity boosts at hundreds of sites across the country to cope with the demand for more and longer voice calls, while Internet speeds were doubled, free of charge, across homes and businesses so that customers could stay connected, informed and entertained", the statement noted.

Engineers worked round the clock to ensure a reliable network for the millions of group video calls, and networks were optimised in order for educational establishments to continue providing lessons to the many students learning from home.

The telecom operator has confirmed that all steps taken during the lockdown to ensure network performance, efficiency and reliability will continue as the country moves towards a return to normal.

Sabah Rabiah al-Kuwari, director of PR at Ooredoo, said: “After a challenging few months, we’re delighted to be moving towards what will be our new normal for the time being. We’re sure our young people are looking forward to getting back to education, and we’re looking forward to leveraging our technology and network capabilities to support educational establishments and parents as they create this new blended learning environment.”

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