Qatar Telecom, also known as Qtel, is a major telecommunications provider in Qatar. This week, on February 25, at the Mobile World Congress in Madrid, the Qtel Group announced that it would change its name to Ooredoo. The name is taken from the Arabic word for "I want".
"With ooredoo we have chosen an Arabic word that means “I want”, to reflect the aspirations of our customers and our core belief that we can enrich people’s lives and stimulate human growth in the communities where we operate. We believe that young people should be given the life chances that mobile technology can provide; that under-served communities should be able to access the Internet; that every woman should have an equal opportunity to use a mobile phone; and that entrepreneurs and small businesses should be able to receive business services tailored to their needs. Our new brand reflects these beliefs." - chairman H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani in a press release