Qtel Enhances Public Payphone Rates
As part of its ongoing strategy to enhance all channels of communication in Qatar, Qtel today announced that it will offer revised payphone rates and a wider range of payphone smart cards, to make calling more accessible and affordable.
Qatar’s leading telecommunications provider is in the process of providing enhancements across a wide range of its services, and the company identified public payphones as an early priority, based on the number of people who rely on the service to stay in touch.
Adel Al Mutawa, Executive Director of Group Communications, Qtel, said: “Qtel is engaged in one of the broadest series of product and service improvements in our history, and we’re listening to our customers about the changes they want to see in Qatar. The new rates and improvements to the pubic payphone service announced today will provide immediate benefits to residents and visitors to Qatar.”
As the population of Qatar continues to rise, and as business visitor and tourist numbers increase exponentially, Qtel’s network of public payphones is enjoying higher usage levels than ever before. In particular, with Qatar targeting growth rates for tourism of 20 percent annual growth for the next five years, Qtel is working hard to ensure that payphones and HALA Pay As You Talk options are easily available for visitors.
The new payphone rates will enable customers to utilize their payphone smart card at any payphone booth and receive up to 39% in savings on their international calls.
Calls made to GCC countries will cost QR1 per minute, while calls to non-GCC Arab countries, the Americas, Europe and Australia will be QR1.25 per minute. Calls to the remainder of Asia and Africa will be QR1.50 per minute. All rates will apply 24 hours a day.
In addition to the new payphone rate, Qtel will be introducing three conveniently tailored smart card denominations of QR10, QR20 and QR30.
Al Mutawa added: "Qatar’s payphone network has proved to be incredibly popular because it provides such competitive rates and convenience. It is important that our customers understand that Qtel looks to provide value and innovation in every service we offer, from the most advanced business network solution, through to the everyday public payphone.”
Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is the telecommunications service provider licensed by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) to provide both fixed and mobile telecommunications services in the state of Qatar. We have a presence in 16 countries and we are committed to expansion both in the MENA region and South East Asia. Our vision is to be among the top 20 telecommunications companies in the world by 2020.