TeleGeography CommsUpdate: Ooredoo Qatar has disclosed that more than 100,000 mobile customers have already signed up for its recently launched post-paid Shahry 5G and Qatarna 5G plans, the Gulf Times reports, although the operator did not reveal how many of these package subscribers own a 5G phone.
Ooredoo Qatar’s director of public relations Sabah Rabiah al-Kuwari declared: “We’re delighted to see our new Shahry and Qatarna plans are so popular with our customers,” noting that the packages are aimed at providing ‘value for money and flexibility’ with the added value of entertainment content alongside unlimited data and access to the 5G network at no additional cost.
From February 2020 Ooredoo has offered a range of four consumer Shahry 5G (S, M, L and XL) voice/data/messaging packs with 6GB-20GB data at unrestricted speed and unlimited low-speed (128kbps-2Mbps) usage beyond the monthly threshold, at a 30% discount price (for four months), costing between QAR110-QAR275 (USD30-USD75). The Shahry 5G plans also include streaming of movies/TV series (Starzplay/ErosNow), while the premium Qatarna 5G Silver package costing QAR380 includes ‘unlimited’ data at unrestricted speeds and the addition of sports content via the BeIN Connect service.
Customers with 5G-enabled devices can access Ooredoo’s 5G network in areas where it is commercially available. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Ooredoo Qatar opened mobile access to the network for compatible smartphone users on 27 July 2019 with 100 live 5G base stations in Doha, and is in the process of deploying around 1,200 5G sites – covering the lion’s share of its 4G LTE footprint – across Doha and other areas. Post-paid consumers were initially given the chance to use their mobile data allowances for 5G services until end-January 2020 at no extra charge.