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Iraq may Ban some Video Games

By John Lee. Iraq is reportedly considering banning several popular video games over fears that they encourage violence and crime. MP Sami’a Ghulab, who chairs the Parliamentary Committee on Culture, Information, Tourism, and Archaeology, is quoted as saying that games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) are “affecting the social, psychological and educational […]

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Regulator “Blocks calls” to Korek Customers

By John Lee. Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has reportedly ordered operators to block calls between their customers and Korek users in a dispute over number portability. According to Rudaw, the regulator told mobile network providers that Erbil-based Korek had failed to meet its “contractual obligations” to allow customers to keep their phone number […]

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Govt denies Cutting Internet during Exams

By John Lee. Iraqi media reported on Thursday that an agreement was signed between the Iraqi Ministries of Education and Communication to cut internet service during the period of the next “ministerial examinations” (sic). The Ministry of Communications denies the reports, adding that it wishes to assure the Iraqi public that there is no intention […]

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“Draconian” Cybercrimes Law threatens Freedom of Expression

A new cybercrimes law that would impose heavy prison sentences and hefty fines against peaceful critics who express themselves online would be a devastating setback for freedom of expression in Iraq, Amnesty International has said. The organization has highlighted its serious concern over the draft “Law on Information Technology Crimes” in an open letter signed […]

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First IoT Competition for Iraqi University Students

By John Lee. Zain Iraq and Ericsson have announced an Internet of Things (IoT) competition for university students in Iraq. The first-of-its-kind competition will run for six weeks during which the students are invited to present use cases to address the possibilities of 5G-IoT and industry digitalization and ultimately capture their full business potential. The […]

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Kalimat Telecom selects Parallel Wireless

Parallel Wireless has announced that Kalimat Telecom, a subsidiary of Kuwait’s Trade Links, has selected Parallel Wireless to build out their mobile broadband network in Iraq. According to the GSMA Mobile Economy: Middle East and North Africa 2018 report, Iraq has only a 52% wireless Internet penetration rate, presenting a great opportunity for telecom service […]

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Launch of MBC Iraq “sparks Controversy among Iraqis”

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Saudi media group MBC announced in early February that it will launch a new TV channel — MBC Iraq — aimed at Iraqi viewers. Soon after the announcement, a number of angry responses emerged in […]

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Iraq’s Improving Economy Boosts Zain’s Results

By John Lee. In its consolidated financial results for the full-year 2018, telecommunications group Zain reports that the improving socio-economic situation sweeping Iraq is providing the much-needed stimulus to support Zain Iraq’s turnaround efforts. The company said in a statement: “The operation performed exceptionally well when compared to the previous year. Revenues and net profit […]

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US Firm Wins $29m VSAT Contract in Iraq

By John Lee. Florida-based NIC4 Inc., a division of Network Innovations Group, has been awarded a $28,812,143 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Iraq) contract for capabilities to operate, sustain, support and expand Iraq’s Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) network. Bids were solicited via the internet with five received. Work locations and funding will be determined with […]

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New Iraqi TV Channel to be Launched

By John Lee. Dubai-based MBC Group is reportedly about to start a new family-oriented entertainment channel for Iraqi viewers. According to BroadcastPro Middle East, MBC Iraq is scheduled to be launched on the evening of Sunday, 17th February. CEO Sam Barnett is quoted as saying: “MBC Iraq is a premium television network that caters to […]

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