A friend of mine, who currently lives in Qatar just got an upgrade to his home’s internet connection. His connection is being provided by Qtel, which if I am not mistaken is the only ISP in Qatar. Anyways, he was kind enough to provide me with a couple of speed tests that he carried out and as you can see from the images below, the numbers are pretty impressive.
This is a great leap forward, for the ICT infrastructure of a nation from the MENA region to undergo; it goes to show that they are beginning to come to terms with the fact that high bandwidth internet speeds nowadays are no longer a commodity, instead they have become a necessity.
Fortunately, I will be attending a focus group tomorrow, where we will be discussing the policies regarding the web & mobile content industry in Lebanon. Will post back soon with the anticipated outlook on the future of Lebanon’s ICT sector, whether it may begin to follow in the footsteps of Qatar, by adopting a proactive approach to the future of the nation’s ICT infrastructure and development plans, or whether it will remain as is, perishing with its snail-speed “broadband” services.