Ooredoo is supplying seamless and reliable Internet connectivity to more than 350 FIFA World Cup transport buses, enabling officials, players, and media representatives to stay connected while on the move. This was announced Wednesday by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad bin Nasser al-Thani, chief commercial officer at Ooredoo at press conference where he was joined by Colin Smith, FIFA chief operating officer World Cup and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 managing director.
Sheikh Nasser said Ooredoo will provide its managed Wi-Fi along with mobile broadband to ensure seamless, reliable Internet access, so players, FIFA officials, and media representatives can stay connected even while travelling to and from tournament venues.
Ooredoo will provide connectivity for more than 350 buses via mobile broadband, while 300 of these buses will also offer transportation-grade managed Wi-Fi services. These Wi-Fi services will be monitored and managed in real-time utilising systems hosted in the Ooredoo Qatar Data Centre. Sheikh Nasser said, “Our strategic commitment to invest in innovation and to partnering with world-leading technology providers stands us in excellent stead as we step up to provide our state-of-the-art products and services to this phenomenal event.
“Players and FIFA officials need to stay connected to ensure the smooth running of the tournament and associated events, and our media partners need to be able to share the event with the world, no matter where they are. We’re proud that our investment in innovation and technology, and our vast experience and expertise, will make sure they can.”
Ooredoo, the Official Middle East & Africa Telecommunications Operator of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, will use technology, such as Quick Response codes to ensure fast, easy, and efficient access to Wi-Fi onboard each bus. Powering the buses with mobile broadband and managed Wi-Fi will ensure connectivity for players and FIFA officials, while media representatives will be able to upload files and video content and share broadcasts even when travelling between venues.
Ooredoo’s efforts enabled Qatar to become the first country in the world to operate a commercial 5G network in 2018, with the company testing 5G broadband in moving vehicles shortly after.
Its ongoing transformation journey is a testament to its commitment to supporting the country as it works to achieve the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030, including digital transformation and development into a truly smart nation. Speaking to Gulf Times on the sidelines of the press conference, Sheikh Nasser said Ooredoo will continue to announce and roll out more services in the period leading to the World Cup and during the tournament to provide customers with a memorable fan experience.
Meanwhile, Smith lauded Ooredoo’s partnership with FIFA and for providing world-class and innovative services during the World Cup, which is slated from November 20 to December 18.
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