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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 […]

How the Islamic State is Winning the Media War

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. Faced with what has been often described as the world’s most resourceful and sophisticated terror organization, Iraq’s news media outlets have stumbled in how to cover the Islamic State (IS). The country’s news media […]

SOSi Wins Contract with US Embassy

EXOVERA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SOS International LLC (SOSi), has been awarded a three-year contract by the U.S. State Department to monitor and analyze traditional and social media in support of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. SOSi established EXOVERA in 2012 as a commercial, cloud-based service that currently monitors 350,000 news and social media […]

eServGlobal and Zain win GTB Innovation Award

eServGlobal and the Zain Group have been named as winners of a Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award for mobile money deployments in Jordan and Iraq. The Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards recognise innovative projects in the global telecommunications industry, highlighting the collaboration and partnership between operators and vendors. The award winners were announced during a […]

Iraq Shuts Down Internet Again

By John Lee. Iraq has turned off its internet yet again to coincide with student exams, according to a report from The Register. Authorities have instructed all ISPs to shut off the internet for specific three-hour blocks, the latest happening early on Thursday. The country-wide shutdown has prompted fierce criticism from groups both within and […]

Video: Silencing the Critics – Iraq’s Media Muzzle

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. When Haider al-Abadi took over as prime minister of Iraq in 2014, he lifted bans on media outlets that had been shuttered under the former administration. Less than two years later, press freedom […]