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JLT Mobile Computers Supplies BGT

By John Lee. Sweden’s JLT Mobile Computers has announced that it has successfully delivered a total of 50 JLT VERSO 12 mobile computers to the Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT). BGT, a container and multi-purpose cargo handling facility at the port of Umm Qasr, is operated by Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI); it opened […]

Union of Iraqi Publishers joins International body

By John Lee. National publishers associations from Iraq, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal became provisional members of the International Publishers Association (IPA). The General Assembly of the Geneva-based IPA agreed that the five applicants had met the conditions to become provisional members. After a period of up to three years, these publishers’ associations will […]

Sales Tax continues to hamper Zain Iraq

By John Lee. Zain Iraq has said that the exceptional socio-economic circumstances in Iraq have hampered the company’s financial performance, with revenues for the period reaching $804 million and EBITDA reaching $284 million. Net income amounted to $29 million, with the EBITDA margin standing at 35.3 percent. Data-related revenues formed 9 percent of overall revenues […]

Cisco Helps Rebuild Iraqi National Backbone

US-based internet technology company Cisco has announced its role in restoring and rebuilding the Iraqi National Backbone, a multi-layer IP and optical network that spans the long terrestrial route from Iraq to Turkey. The Iraqi National Backbone is a joint venture between Symphony and EarthLink JLT, reaching most major Iraqi cities. It will be available […]

Zain Iraq and Ericsson Extend Managed Services Deal

Zain Iraq and Ericsson have signed a three-year extension of their network and IT operation and optimization managed services agreement. Under the extended agreement, Ericsson will continue to optimize, transform and manage network and IT operations for Zain’s nationwide 3G mobile network in Iraq, which currently includes over 4,200 sites across the country. This agreement […]

Icflix launches Streaming in Iraq

TBI Vision reports that Middle East subscription video-on-demand service Icflix is being launched in Iraq through a partnership with mobile telco Asiacell. Both prepaid and postpaid Asiacell customers will be able to subscribe to the icflix library of content for a monthly fee of 10,000 IQD (US$8.56), a weekly fee of IQD4,000 or a daily […]

Business Declines at Zain Iraq

By John Lee. Kuwait-based Zain has announced a significant drop in its mobile phone business in Iraq in the first half of 2016. The exceptional socio-economic circumstances facing the operation saw Zain Iraq’s financial performance hampered, with revenues for the period reaching USD 536 million, a decrease of 11% Y-o-Y, and EBITDA reaching USD 194 […]

Asiacell: Revenue Down, Profit Up

In its results for the first half of 2016, Qatar-based Ooredoo said that its Iraqi mobile phone business Asiacell continued to be impacted by the security situation, the challenging economic environment and a decrease of customer purchasing power in Iraq. Revenue stood at QAR 2.1 billion [$577 million], down 15% compared with QAR 2.5 billion […]

IS Bans Internet in Mosul

By John Lee. The Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to the internet for residents of Mosul. But according to local sources, the ISPs still have to provide services to specific IS headquarters across the city, so online activities can be easier monitored by the […]

US’s Centcom Counters ISIL Propaganda

While Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve’s air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant notched more than 26,000 ISIL targets damaged or destroyed as of the end of May, the war against ISIL also proceeds on other fronts. From its headquarters here, Central Command runs two separate programs in the […]

Iraqi Army Radio takes aim at IS

By Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. At noon on a hot summer’s day inside a small makeshift radio studio at the Iraqi army’s Division 15 camp, Deputy Sgt. Fanar Khalid read out several messages from a piece of paper fixed […]