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Asiacell Revenues Up

By John Lee. Qatar-based Ooredoo has announced that revenue at its Asiacell subsidiary in Iraq increased 6 percent to QAR 4.5 billion, while and EBITDA increased 3 percent to QAR 2.0 billion, for the year ended 31th December 2017. EBITDA margin was put at 44 percent. In a statement, the company said: “A key opportunity […]

Zain returns to Profitability in Iraq

By John Lee. Zain Iraq has reported a net profit of $29 million for 2017, up from a loss of $5 million the previous year. In a statement, the company said: “Despite the challenging yet improving socio-economic circumstances facing the operation, Zain Iraq performed exceptionally well when compared to the previous year. “Revenues grew consecutively […]

IFJ warns about Media Freedom Violations in Kurdistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has denounced the multiple media freedom violations in the Iraqi Kurdistan region documented in a new report by IFJ affiliate the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate. The 2017 annual report of media freedom violations, published by the KJS’ Committee for the Defense of Press Freedom & Rights of Journalists, reveals that […]

Baghdad “Stops” several Kurdish Landline Services

By John Lee. Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has reportedly ordered several Kurdish communication companies to stop providing landline services. According to a report from Rudaw, the CMC ordered that all companies licensed by them should cut communications with companies that are not licensed, including Fast Link, Newroz, Link Tech, Wego/7net-layer, Nawant, Kurdtel, Tishknet […]

Free Satellite Internet “Soon”

By John Lee. Plans are reportedly progressing to launch a free ka-band satellite broadband service in Iraq in the second quarter of 2018. UK-based Quika promises the world’s first entirely free high-speed satellite internet for consumers in developing countries. Its free plan will be funded by paid-for services for enterprises and internet providers. According to […]

KRG efforts to Simplify Access to Govt Services

Key Ministers and officials from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) alongside representatives of the private sector, civil society, labour unions, the international community, donors and development agencies convened at a high-level conference yesterday in Erbil on E-Governance and Public Service Centres. The Ministry of Interior of the KR-I organized the conference under the auspices […]

Restrata awarded Licence for GPS Tracking Systems in Iraq

By John Lee. Restrata has been awarded a National Communications and Media Commission (CMC) licence to sell and maintain GPS tracking systems in Iraq. The CMC Licence for GPS Tracking is an Iraq Government mandate and is being enforced locally through inspection teams running compliance checks on both vendors of GPS tracking systems, and their […]

Iraq Britain Business Council welcomes 3 New Members

By John Lee. The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has welcomed three new members, bringing its membership to 59 companies. Menzies Aviation: An independent, time-critical logistics specialist serving the airline industry to the highest standards. At more than 200 airport locations across 6 continents, Menzies offer landside and airside services tailored to customers’ needs; timed […]

Authorities Clamp Down on Sectarian Hate Speech

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.  The Iraqi government, headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, is seeking to penalize people for the hate speech prevalent in Iraqi society by arresting anyone who expresses such ideas or promotes […]

16% Growth in Zain Iraq Customer Base

By John Lee. Despite the exceptional socio-economic circumstances coupled with the continuation of intense price competition, Zain Iraq achieved USD 811 million revenues due to the impressive growth in data usage and numerous customer acquisition initiatives in the northern regions of the country. The operation’s efficiency drive saw EBITDA reach USD 281 million, reflecting a […]