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HP Considers Iraq Office

HP Considers Iraq Office

By John Lee.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) sees big future opportunities in Iran and Iraq.

Mathew Thomas, general manager for printing and personal systems at HP Middle East, told GulfNews:

We are waiting for the green signal from the World Trade Organisation and HP worldwide to give us the direction of when … As of now, we have permission to travel to Iran and do a feasibility of the market …

“We are studying very closely to open an office in Iraq … I am hopeful that something should happen this year. I am in touch with all the American companies and the rest of my partners to see if there is any movement.

HP does not have a direct presence in Iraq, doing business through “second-tier resellers“.

(Source: GulfNews)

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Old Phones, Computers Threaten Public Health

Old Phones, Computers Threaten Public Health

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

E-Waste Comes to Karbala: Old Phones and Computers Threaten Public Health

In the relatively prosperous city of Karbala, locals are used to buying cheap mobile phones, then simply throwing them out when they break down. They also discard used computers, televisions and other electronic equipment in the same way. But, as local doctors warn, the components of this electronic waste can also be toxic and dangerous to human health.

In Karbala, locals quite commonly buy two or three cheap mobile phones at a time and after using them for a couple of months they simply replace them.

And people here have different reasons for getting a new mobile phone. Ahmad Badr, 27, says he is often tempted by new models because of the way they look or the new technology. “Every time I see a new model, I feel like selling my old phone or maybe giving it to my younger brothers,” says Badr, who admits to having gone through 21 mobile phones over recent years.

Even Hamid Rhaman, who is in his 60s, says he’s had nine mobile phones since they became available in Karbala. “I replaced most of them because of technical issues but in some cases, I did get a new one simply because I wanted a better model,” he explains.

These examples fit with what mobile phone store owners see regularly: younger people replace their phones more often and it often has much to do with following trends. And women replace their phones more often than men. Those least likely to shop for a new phone regularly are older men.

But what happens to all the old phones? “We can’t really do anything with the old or damaged phones,” says Rida Bahr, the owner of a phone repair store in Karbala. “Sometimes repair shops like mine keep the old phones for a while. But then we run out of space and we basically just have to throw them in the garbage along with other household rubbish.”

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Iraq Renews Podesta’s $1m PR Contract

Iraq Renews Podesta’s $1m PR Contract

By John Lee.

The Government of Iraq has reportedly renewed its one-year $960,000 PR contract with Podesta Group to “promote a better understanding with the US of its priorities and concerns“.

The work, which runs through 2014, is designed to “further the purposes of the Strategic Framework Agreement” and facilitate a dialog with the American Congress and Obama Administration.

According to O’Dwyer PR, Podesta will develop a strategic communications and PR plan as well as other services, and provide Iraq with monthly written reports to summarize its efforts and progress to reaching the country’s objectives.

Iraq’s Ambassador in the US, Lukman Faily, will act as Iraq’s representative to the Washington-based firm.

(Source: O’Dwyer PR)

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Asiacell Selects Anam Technologies

Asiacell Selects Anam Technologies

Anam Technologies, a Irish mobile messaging software solutions provider for mobile operators, has announced that they have been selected by Asiacell to provide its SMS Firewall service ANTISpam.

The service was selected by Asiacell to enhance the operator’s ability to detect and block spam traffic from entering its network and protect its customers from receiving spam messages. Anam will partner with local company, Iraqcom Technologies, to deliver the solution and provide Asiacell with a full suite of support services.

Anam’s ANTISpam service detects and blocks spam messages, which can take the form of messages from an anonymous or faked sender and often asks customers to reply to expensive, premium rate numbers, or messages that the customer views as offensive.

Anam’s advanced filtering engine detects spamming; spoofing, faking and spam content and prevents it from reaching a customer’s mobile phone, therefore improving a user’s experience, reducing levels of churn and protecting the operator’s network.

Among the innovative new detection techniques that Asiacell will benefit from are one-step user reporting and trend analysis developed by Anam to facilitate an automated detection and blocking of new emerging fraud and spam campaigns.

The new scope of delivery also extends the Bye-Bye service which allows customers to block calls and SMS messages from unwanted numbers such as bullies, harassers, etc.

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Ooredoo hits out at Iraq Delays

Ooredoo hits out at Iraq Delays

By John Lee.

Qatari telecommunications operator Ooredoo, which owns the Iraqi mobile phone company Asiacell, has hit out at prices quoted by the Iraqi government for a long-delayed auction for 3G spectrum licences.

Company CEO Dr Nasser Marafih (pictured) told Arabian Business:

The country needs it, the people need it. We are ready to deploy [it], but it has to be done at the right price. What they’ve put(the price) is not reasonable at all in our view … That’s something that we’re discussing with the government.

The awarding of licences for 3G has been delayed for several years, with recent reports suggesting that the process may be again postponed until 2015; it has also been reported that bidding for the licences will start at a minimum of more than $300 million.

In February last year, Asiacell raised $1.27 billion in a public float, while it holds more than a third of market share in the country.

(Source: Arabian Business)

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3G Licences “at Least $307m Each”

3G Licences “at Least $307m Each”

By John Lee.

Ahmed Alomary, a former commissioner at the Communications and Media Commission (CMC), told Reuters that Iraq plans to auction third-generation (3G) telecommunications licences for a minimum of $307 million each.

Current 2G services are supplied by Zain Iraq (a unit of Kuwait’s Zain), Asiacell (a subsidiary of Ooredoo) and Orange affiliate Korek, who each paid $1.25 billion for their licences in 2007. Revenue growth in the sector has stagnated in recent years, largely because the government delayed permission for the three national operators to launch 3G services.

An open auction could potentially allow new entrants into Iraq’s telecommunications sector, although the prospect of building out a network from scratch in crisis-torn Iraq may limit interest, and the process could slow the introduction of 3G services.

The government source said no time frame had been set for the auction, adding “I doubt it will happen this year.

Iraq’s fixed-line network is limited; the country had 300,000 fixed-line broadband subscribers and 1.9 million landlines in 2013, according to Sydney-based telecommunications consultancy BuddeComm.

(Source: Reuters)

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Logicom Expands Cisco Ops to Include Iraq

Logicom Expands Cisco Ops to Include Iraq

Logicom has announced a new strategy to enhance its coverage in Iraq.

This investment is part of Logicom’s commitment to grow Cisco’s business in the Middle East. Logicom will be the only authorized Cisco distributor to cover the entire Middle East region, both through a local presence and remotely, through its partners in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, UAE, KSA and the Gulf.

With its international reach and local coverage, Logicom will offer consistent value-added services based on Cisco products and solutions, as well as enablement activities for its partners, including solution-demos and training events.

Nicholas Argyrides, Director of Sales and Marketing – Distribution, commented:

Undeniably, Logicom’s focus on Iraq has never been greater. While being in the process of solidifying our in-country expansion, the aim of this project is to make the best of our multinational presence in the Middle East and serve our Iraq-focused partners in any way and from any location we can.

“Leveraging on our six offices and warehouses in each of the adjacent countries definitely helps.

Logicom kicked-off its 2014 activities in Iraq with the successful Logicom-Cisco Partner Forum, held at the Erbil Rotana Hotel on January 15th. The event aimed to inform partners about Logicom’s local Cisco operations in Iraq, provide updates on the latest Cisco technologies, programs and promotions, and explore business opportunities that could help boost partners’ sales and profitability.

(Source: Logicom)

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Korean Deal to Build Healthcare Info System

Korean Deal to Build Healthcare Info System

By John Lee.

Korea’s BIT Computer has said it will build a healthcare information system for the Health Ministry and public health centers in Iraq.

The 24-month $260,000 project also includes creating data communications links between the ministry and health centers.

The company will work with the Korea International Cooperation Agency as part of an overseas development assistance project.

The Iraqi Health Ministry expects that it will be able to improve the quality of its healthcare service delivery substantially while raising the reliability of medical statistics.

BIT Computer president Jeon Jin-ok said:

Following similar deals in Asia in 2013, we are proud that we could step into the Iraqi market for the first time.

As the project will be implemented as part of a foreign assistance program, it will involve dispatching medical professionals and sending Iraqi healthcare workers to Korea for training purposes.

(Source: Korea IT Times)

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