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Qatar unveils National ICT Plan 2015

  1. 1. Market Alert 8/2011 Qatar unveils National ICT Plan 2015ictQATAR has recently released a five-year ICT plan for Qatar aiming to create aknowledge-based economy that will drive sustainable development and societalbenefits for all its nationals. ictQATAR is the government body that formulates ICTpolicy and regulates the industry in Qatar.This new plan will build on Qatar’s first ICT masterplan created in 2005 which hasincreased investment in the ICT market to US$2.1 billion in 2010, gave Qatar amobile penetration rate of 167 per cent, and increased broadband usage from 41per cent of households in 2008 to 70 per cent in 2010.ictQATAR has put forward the following goals for Qatar’s ICT sector: Double the ICT sector’s contribution to the national GDP to US$3 billion Double the workforce to 40,000 Achieve ubiquitous high-speed broadband access for households and businesses (95 per cent) Achieve mass ICT and internet adoption by all segments of society (90 per cent) Achieve wide accessibility and effectiveness of all key government services (160 online services)The National ICT Plan wants to have Qatar benefiting from ICT solutions in keyaspects of its society and economy by 2015. The country will also be usingcommunications technology to become further integrated into the globaleconomy. 1
  2. 2. To meet all these goals, ictQATAR has developed a comprehensive, strategicframework organised into five strategic thrusts that are aligned with thegovernment’s broader national goals as outlined in Qatar’s National Vision 2030released in 2008.These five thrusts will include improving connectivity through an advanced,secure infrastructure, boosting capacity by enhancing digital literary anddeveloping skills to enable innovation, fostering economic development bycreating an environment for an innovative and vibrant ICT industry, enhancingpublic service delivery; and advancing societal benefits by leveraging on ICT.Each thrust is broken down into specific programmes, giving the National ICT Plan2015 a total of 11 programmes—ICT infrastructure, modernising the legal andregulatory framework, cyber safety and security, digital inclusion, ICT humancapital, innovation and entrepreneurship, digital content, second generation i-government, e-education, e-health and internet & society.Qatar also recently announced that by 2012, it will invest US$550 million to installthe nationwide high-speed Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) broadband network thatwill reach at least 95 percent of households and businesses over the next fiveyears. The tender for the project is expected to come out by end of 2011.Qatar has already laid a strong foundation for future progress. The country’smobile penetration stands at 167%, one of the highest in the world. Globally, theaverage is 76%, and among developed countries it is 116%. In 2010, 89% ofhouseholds had a computer and 85% of individuals had one. Broadband usage hasjumped from 41% of households in 2008 to 70% in 2010.Qatar ranks in the top quartile of all countries surveyed in the latest WorldEconomic Forum’s Networked Readiness Index. The ICT market in Qatar keepsgrowing and is projected to expand at a double digit compound annual growthrate. 2
  3. 3. In order to build a strong world-class ICT infrastructure, ictQATAR has enteredinto a joint venture with Europe-based Eutelsat Communications to build andoperate a high-powered communications satellite set to be launched in 2013.Malaysian ICT companies are urged to explore Qatar’s booming ICT sectorparticularly in providing training services, solutions, e-government, infrastructuresolutions, e-learning, telecom solutions etc where Malaysian companies haveproven capability. Malaysian companies are also capable to provide e contentsand Wi Max facilities to serve certain areas of the town in Qatar.It is advisable if Malaysian companies could make a presentation on theircapabilities to the authorities in Qatar. As most of the requirement forgovernment tender requires foreign companies to have a legal representativethrough a local agent or locally establish company. It is a necessary for Malaysiancompanies to explore on the possibility to set up a branch office or locallyincorporated company for the purpose to expand business in Qatar.Prepared by:MATRADE Dubai14 July 2011 3

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