Qtel customers can now call Vodafone Qatar customers, with the interconnection of the two networks successfully going live on Tuesday, 24 March, marking a new chapter in Qatar’s telecommunication history.With the agreement now in force and the points of connection in place, voice and data traffic can flow across the two independent competitive networks, linking people on Qtel’s fixed and mobile networks – and the Vodafone Qatar mobile network.The retail rate to call Vodafone Qatar customers from a Qtel phone will be 55 dirhams per minute.Adel Al Mutawa, Executive Director, Group Communications, Qtel, said: “This is an exciting day for customers across Qatar, as they can now fully experience the realities of having two competitive telecom providers, and ensure that they stay connected with friends and family, whichever operator they elect to use.”Calls to Vodafone Qatar customers will cost 55 dirhams per minute for Hala, Shahry – Pay Monthly, landline customers, Q-cards and Payphones. Video Calls will cost 65 dirhams per minute, SMS will cost 40 dirhams per text message, and MMS 90 dirhams for pictures, and QR 1.20 for video.“We have always welcomed competition in this market, and have been preparing for this day for more than five years,” concluded Al Mutawa.About QtelQatar 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 17 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.VODAFONE is a trademark of the Vodafone Group. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.