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Mr. Ahmed al Mislimani's presentation at QITCOM 2011


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Qatar National Broadband Network

Mr. Ahmed Al Mislimani - Representative, Q.NBN

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Mr. Ahmed al Mislimani's presentation at QITCOM 2011

  1. 1. Building cutting edge telecom infrastructure in Qatar 24 May, 2011 QITCOM presentation
  2. 2. | 1 Qatar is committed to ICT development to meet its 2030 vision and build a knowledge-based economy 1 Based on Qatar 2030 Vision Qatar 2030 Develop- ment Pillars1) Human Development Social Development Economic Development Environmental Development ICT Contribution to Achieve Qatar National Vision ▪ Improves population access to healthcare services ▪ Enhances people’s skills and capabilities ▪ Helps all people of Qatar participate in and contribute to a knowledge-based society ▪ Creates new business models for sustainable development ▪ Stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship ▪ Encourages use of environmentally sound technologies and raises public awareness Qatar Commitment to ICT Development
  3. 3. | 2 Other countries have recognized the importance of setting an aspirational ICT vision and defining an implementation strategy SOURCE: Web search; team analysis Examples of resulting government strategy (non- exhaustive)Vision of the country ▪ Deployment of ultra-high-speed infrastructure – Fiber deployment at natural level – Free wireless connectivity ▪ Training plans for ICT workforce ▪ Transformation of key economic sectors through ICT use (government, education, health, …) Singapore "Be the world’s no. 1 in harnessing ICT to add value to the economy and society" ▪ Push for fiber technology, partially funded by government ▪ Tax incentives boosting broadband use ▪ Different levels of competition at different network layers ▪ Set of government incentives to boost demand Malaysia "Be one of the most advanced countries in South East Asia" South Korea "Offer all Koreans access to internet and computers regardless of their sex, age and region" ▪ Development of high-speed core network linking all cities funded by government ▪ Push for advanced services ▪ Strong boost of ICT adoption through government policy (e.g., fiber deployment, ICT trainings, e-learning) ▪ Collaboration with operators to develop ubiquitous networks
  4. 4. | 3 The Government has developed a comprehensive set of ICT initiatives to enable this vision Digital Content Ecosystem ICT Human Capital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cyber safety and security QNBN Legal and regulatory Framework Developing human capital across all demographic groups An ecosystem that enables creative contribution to the digital world Encouraging technology innovation and entrepreneurship in Qatar Working to address cyber security risks, protect sensitive information, and ensure the safety of our children Building a passive fibre network to provide 95% of Qatari households with high speed broadband by 2015 Ensuring that competition thrives in Qatar, bringing benefits to businesses and individuals across the country e-Health e-Government e-Inclusion e-Education Enhanced healthcare through technology – digitising healthcare systems and records A safe, reliable network for Qatar’s government Developing and ICT skilled population whose members share equal access to technology Making ICT an integral part of students’ educational journey ICTforgovernment andsociety ICTforeconomic development Foundationsfor sustainability
  5. 5. | 4 ICT initiatives must be supported by a state of the art Telecom infrastructure – Singapore example SOURCE: IDA; press releases Example of ICT initiatives and role of telecom infrastructure NOT EXHAUSTIVE ICT@Education ▪ 100% computer ownership in homes with school going children ▪ Digital learning and notebooks for teachers ▪ ICT integrated into 30% of curriculum ICT@Healthcare ▪ Integrated Electronic Medical records and secure ‘real-time’ access to patients’ records ▪ Video-conferencing with patients for routine care ICT@Government ▪ Over 1,600 public sector services online through a unified portal ▪ Provision of a Unique Entity Number for access to E- Government ▪ Standardized ICT operating environment for all Government services State of the art Telecom infrastructure ▪ NextGen FTTH network ▪ 100+% fixed and mobile data penetration ▪ Speeds of 100mbps and free public WiFI
  6. 6. | 5 Qatar’s aspiration for fixed infrastructure will place it ahead of most developed countries in the quality of its fixed infrastructure FTTH worldwide penetration rank 2010 % of households with ONT activated 29 8 3 3 3 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 5 8 8 12 12 13 21 34 35 45 Italy Romania Russia Netherlands Finland Singapore Slovakia Estonia USA Denmark Bulgaria Slovenia Norway Portugal Lithuania Taiwan Hong Kong Japan UAE South Korea 53 Qatar (aspiration) >90 Qatar (2010) <1 Czech France China Latvia Sweden SOURCE: Global FTTH Council September 2010; IDATE; ARCEP; Pyramid research Several countries (e.g., UAE, Australia) have aspirations to reach similar penetration levels in a similar timeframe
  7. 7. | 6 PDA/ Smartphone IPTV Tactile panel Media Center PC Nationwide FTTH coverage will make Qatar the land of the cyber home… 100 0 200 Necessary bandwidth for effective service Mbps “Full 3D collaboration” “Sharing info” “Connecting places and people” Web browsing 5MB Download Video Multi- streaming 3D TV HDTV/ Multiroo m Remote Computation Technologies Qatar Today SOURCE: Corporate Angels
  8. 8. | 7 …and support development of data-based services including Cloud Computing Voice and data Distributed services Applications Data centers Next gen “AIN” services Collaboration services Contact centers Local Access & Metro Application services Infrastructure services Connectivity services Communication services IT Stack Example companies Backbone State of the art fixed infrastructure would be critical to move up the IT value chain into managed services
  9. 9. | 8 The Government has set up the QNBN to help achieve this vision Description Business model ▪ QNBN will lease passive fibre infrastructure for telecom services ▪ Appropriate national wholesale prices will be set to – Ensure low retail rates across Qatar – Give margin to operators – make QNBN self-sufficient in the long-run Network roll out ▪ 95% FTTH coverage nationwide using a combination of P2P and GPON technologies ▪ Provide wholesale access and core fibre across Qatar ▪ Rollout network in greenfield areas in cooperation with developers and lease existing ducts wherever available Company set-up ▪ Qatari government to own 100% of QNBN entity to start but option for operators to join the company ▪ Sufficient funding from the Government in the form of both equity and subsidy ▪ 100+ FTEs once fully operational
  10. 10. | 9 High-speed Nationwide Affordable Open Rapidly deployed High-level objectives of the QNBN have been defined and approved by the ictQatar Board Key objectives for the QNBN ▪ Infrastructure that supports 100 mpbs and beyond for in-country active connections ▪ Available nationwide to achieve greater social inclusion ▪ Reuse existing infrastructure where needed to avoid duplication ▪ Affordable services to all segments of society and offers competitive retail and wholesale prices ▪ Provides infrastructure access to operators in a fair and equal manner ▪ Coverage target achieved by 2015, driving national competitiveness and acting as catalyst for the broader economy
  11. 11. | 10 QNBN will only offer services in the passive layer to encourage innovation in the active and service layers Q.NBN Infrastructure Tier Focus Passive Layer Active Layer Services and Applications ▪ Retail operators compete based on separate services and applications ▪ Operators will also compete based on active infrastructure to avoid limiting operators’ flexibility with technology choice ▪ QNBN focuses on passive deployment only to de- bottleneck the most costly and challenging to upgrade layer ▪ Focus on passive removes possibility to create a monopoly in retail services
  12. 12. | 11 QNBN will leverage existing infrastructure while speeding up roll-out in new areas Existing areas with good infrastructure Existing areas requiring upgrade Greenfield areas QNBN plan ▪ QNBN will lease ducts access and take responsibility for rolling out and maintaing fibre infrastructure ▪ Fibre access is then leased on wholesale basis ▪ QNBN will roll-out infrastructure in collaboration with government entities (e.g., Ashgal) ▪ QNBN will invest in new or additional fibre to upgrade areas where fibre does not meet required standards ▪ QNBN will invest and rollout fibre in cooperation with developers, ensuring developments are fibre-ready when complete Nationwide coverage will be vital to offer a sustainably reasonable wholesale access price across the country
  13. 13. | 12 Substantial progress has been made to set-up the QNBN Business case and model designed  Various scenarios have been examined to understand  Possible range of wholesale prices  Subsidy required  Total investment costs  Business plan for QNBN developed Company set-up well under way  QNBN funding approved  Company registered and initial governance struc- ture (board of directors) in place  Initial working crew set up and running  Applied for wholesale license from ictQATAR Already engaging operators and developers  Engaging operators to discuss  Sharing of fibre both access and backbone infrastructure  Last-mile duct access  Discussions with major developers to deploy fibre in greenfield areas