Vodafone Qatar yesterday launched commercial LTE mobile broadband services for all compatible handset, tablet or modem/Mi-Fi users, joining rival Ooredoo in the 4G market. All Vodafone’s customers with a 4G-enabled device can automatically access the LTE high speed mobile data services, at no additional subscription fees, using their existing data bundles. Vodafone subscribers can also choose to access 8GB per month free video streaming via ‘Go by OSN’ (available on PCs and Macs, smartphones and tablets) on a six-month free trial (after which a subscription will cost QAR37 [USD10.15] a month). Customers choosing ‘Go by OSN’ can currently access over 500 movies, 150 series and over 100 children’s/family shows. Additionally, customers can choose to sign up to ‘Anghami’ music streaming with up to six months’ free trial, including 1GB per month of Anghami streaming, following which a subscription will cost QAR20 a month.
As reported by The Peninsula, Vodafone Qatar’s CEO Kyle Whitehill said at the launch: ‘We know data is important for our Qatari customers … we rolled [out] 4G where they exist and regularly hang out – a new milestone in our strategy to acquire more high-value customers and high data users. At the same time, we have been investing heavily in our 3G network with upgrades to cater for all our 3G customers.’