Do you need an internet connection? What are the related procedures? Find out in this article.
Whether you have to perform research work or you simply wish to surf the web, you can easily have Internet access in Qatar. Indeed, staying connected has been greatly facilitated with the development of the telecommunications market. Recently, Vodafone has been competing with Ooredoo, hence offering very attractive Internet packages at interesting rates. These also include cable television channels. So if you wish to subscribe, make sure to make the best choice as an expatriate and according to your means.
Types of connection
Qatar internet service providers (ISPs) provide two types of connection: narrow band and broad band. The narrow band connection usually includes a dial-up access, with “Instant Internet” or “Ebhar” which require prepaid cards.
Broadband or ADSL, includes various speeds ranging from 512 kbps to 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps. Connection rates generally range between RQ 200 and 400 per month.
You can choose between prepaid packages and subscription which is cheaper.
If your house or apartment is already equipped with a land line, you will not have to wait long before being connected. You can just call the 115 for Ooredoo or 111 for Vodafone to request installation. Otherwise, you can visit any branch of the service provider of your choice with your ID card, your passport and your residence permit. A copy of your lease documents may also be required.
Note that Internet subscription in Qatar is bound by a minimum of three months duration contract as it applies for land lines. However, installation may take more than a week.
Once connected, you can freely install communication tools such as Skype on your computer or laptop and Google Hangout, Viber and Whatsapp on your smart phone. You will then be able to make free phone calls and send text messages anywhere in the world to recipients having the same applications.
Good to know:
Skype is available in Qatar, unlike the United Arab Emirates. This will allow you make international calls and even video calls free of charge.
You can still access to Internet by other means even if you do not have an internet connection. Indeed, you are likely to find many Internet cafes in different cities, particularly in Doha. Connection rates vary between QR 5-10 hour.
You will also find many Wi-Fi spots where you can have free Internet access. These are usually found in parks, shopping malls, cafes, restaurants, etc. You will find them almost everywhere across Doha. Wi-Fi hotspots, on the other hand, provide paid internet access. You can easily spot these places with a sign saying Ooredoo Place.
Ooredoo also provides cable television in Qatar, that is Mozaik TV . This package includes a land line, internet access and cable TV. Prices start as from QR 250 per month depending on the number of selected channels. You will then be able to enjoy a wide range of channels, including sports, discoveries, films and series, etc.