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Asiacell Revenues Fall 14%

By John Lee. Qatar-based Ooredoo has announced that its Iraqi unit Asiacell has maintained its No.1 revenue market share position, but its revenues have fallen 14 percent: In its FY 2016 Earnings Statement the company said: “Despite economic and political challenges in Iraq, Asiacell maintained its revenue and data market leadership. Asiacell successfully reactivated service […]

GTH ordered to pay $60m to Atheer

Global Telecom Holding (GTH), an Egyptian joint stock company, today announces that, as previously disclosed, on 19 November 2012 Atheer Telecom Iraq Limited initiated English High Court proceedings against Orascom Telecom Iraq Ltd. (OTIL) and GTH in relation to a dispute arising from 2007 sale of Iraqna, OTIL’s Iraqi mobile subsidiary, to Atheer. Pursuant to […]

Zain Iraq Revenues Fall 11%

By John Lee. Kuwait-based telecommunications group Zain has said that revenues at its Iraqi unit fell by 11 percent in 2016. In its full-year results, the company blamed “exceptional circumstances” with revenues for the full-year reaching USD 1.1 billion, and EBITDA reaching USD 394 million, down 18 percent, with a net loss of USD 5 […]

Iraqi Journalist “Beaten by Party Officials”

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Kurdistan Journalists Union (KJU) have condemned the brutal attack on a journalist by armed militia from the ruling party in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. On 15 January, Iraqi journalist Karwan Haji, working for Afro and Kanky-Lash newspapers, was brutally attacked by armed militia from the […]

How their Enemies get by with Killing Iraqi Journalists

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  How their enemies get by with killing Iraqi journalists Abdul Qader al-Qaisi has become Iraq’s first slain journalist in 2017. He was kidnapped Jan. 1, and security forces found his […]

Switzerland sells $98m Encrypted Telephones to Iraq

By John Lee. Switzerland last year authorised a $98-million order for the sale of encrypted telephones to Iraq, according to a report from Swissinfo. The devices, which could be used for both civilian or military purposes, were received by an Iraqi civilian government ministry. They can be disabled remotely if they fall into the wrong hands. […]

Zain to pay $94m to settle Iraqna Tax Case

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Zain Iraq is to pay $94 million to settle a tax case related to the 2007 acquisition of rival operator Iraqna from Egypt’s Orascom Telecom. Iraq’s General Commission of Taxes (GCT) claimed Zain Iraq owed $187 million in capital gains tax due on its $1.2 billion purchase of the […]

The Growth of the Iraqi Tech Ecosystem

By Hal Miran, Editor-in-Chief, Bite.Tech. It might be surprising to know that the region of the Middle East has become a blossoming entrepreneurial, tech startup hub. From Jordan to Lebanon and Iran to Egypt, the region has made significant progress with innovation driving tech startup growth. Israel has more startups per capita than anywhere else […]

The Young Iraqi Behind ‘The Better Facebook’

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. Sajad Saadi has dreams of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg, the now-seriously wealthy American who helped found Facebook while he was at university. And to get that particular party started, […]

WFP Launches WiFi System In Iraqi Refugee Camp

The World Food Programme (WFP) today launched an innovative project that provides wireless internet access to Syrian refugees living in Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, the largest refugee camp in Iraq which is home to 31,000 Syrian refugees. Syrian refugees forced to flee the conflict in Syria can now use the internet through the […]