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The management team behind the proposed New Doha International Airport (NDIA) in Qatar, which is currently being developed in time for its expected opening in December this year, has announced that an airport-wide, cutting edge internet protocol (IP) telephony system is to be installed on the site.

The new IP telephony facility has been chosen since it can support communications across a high traffic, large-scale site which will provide the new base for the country’s national airline, Qatar Airways, and will also be capable of handling over 50 million passengers each year.

In common with smaller-scale, more modest IP telephony solutions, the NDIA system is also expected to offer first-class, high quality business VoIP (voice over internet profile) facilities; together with complete control by HDIA’s on-site management team over the addition or removal of supplementary phone lines and extensions.

Commenting on the project, Abdul Aziz Mohamed al-Noaimi, the chairman both of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority and the NDIA steering committee, said that the IP telephony solution was selected because it offered ‘the right solution’ for
‘a state-of-the-art facility, setting new standards in airport and airline efficiency, passenger convenience and service levels’

Whilst the NDIA system is naturally extremely sophisticated and large-scale – and is understood to have already entailed a substantial capital investment on the part of the NDIA management team – the fundamental principles of how the airport’s IP telephony and business VoIP platforms will function can of course already be seen in the growing number of IP telephony and business VoIP packages adopted by small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) the world over.

In keeping with the more limited funds generally available to SMEs, however, many such systems will usually be based on a hosted agreement, often with a business VoIP provider or VoIP reseller.

Callum Byrnes