Tag Archives | Communications and Media Commission (CMC)

Iraq Suspends US-Funded Broadcaster

On Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on the Iraqi Communications and Media Committee (CMC) to reverse its three-month suspension of the U.S. government-funded Iraqi broadcaster Al-Hurra. In a statement released yesterday, Iraq’s media regulator, the Communications and Media Committee, suspended the license of Al-Hurra, a regional broadcaster funded by the U.S. Agency […]

IBBC holds Iraq’s First Int’l Tech Conference in Baghdad

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) held Iraq’s first International Tech Conference in Baghdad at the Babylon Rotana Baghdad Hotel on 30 April, hosting government ministers, private industry, entrepreneurs, investors, and representatives from the leading UK and Iraq Tech companies. The purpose of the Conference was to drive confidence, investment and awareness of the power […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Al Jazeera Closure “a Blow to Free Speech”, HRW

By Human Rights Watch. The closure of Al Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau by the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission is nothing but an effort to clamp down on freedom of expression. The commission should promptly reverse its decision and allow the bureau to operate freely in accordance with international standards on freedom of the media and […]

Iraq shuts down Al Jazeera Baghdad Bureau

The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has reportedly shut down the Baghdad bureau of Al Jazeera Media Network and banned its journalists from reporting in the country. According to a report from Al Jazeera, in a letter to the company on Wednesday, the CMC said it was withdrawing the licence that allowed Al Jazeera […]

RFI for Mobile Number Portability Database

The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC), in its capacity as the sole entity responsible for regulating telecommunications, broadcasting and information Services in Iraq, is initiating the process of launching the Mobile Number Portability service (MNP). In line with their respective obligations, Asiacell, Korek and Zain, the three Iraqi mobile telecommunications operators, are initiating the […]

Iraq Seeks Fourth Mobile Telecom Provider

By John Lee. Iraq has invited interested companies to submit proposals to run a fourth mobile phone service in the country. The state-run Communication and Media Commission (CMC) said the planned license will run for 15 years, with the possibility of renewal. Interested companies have until 20th November to submit papers. Iraq’s existing three mobile […]

Regulator Drops $100m Zain Fine

By John Lee. Iraq’s Communication and Media Commission (CMC) has scrapped a $100-million fine imposed on mobile phone operator Zain Iraq. The telecom watchdog had claimed that Zain Iraq sold mobile phone SIM cards without its permission. Reuters reports that a CMC committee considering the case decided not to impose the fine. (Source: Reuters) (Dollars […]

Interview with Iraqi MP: ‘This is Iraq’s Last Chance’

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. NIQASH met with Maysoon al-Damluji, head of Iraq’s Parliamentary Committee on Media and Culture, to discuss biased journalists, stolen antiquities and what problems can be expected after the extremists have […]