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3 Large Iraqi Communications Contracts This Year

The Iraqi Ministry of Communications announced on Wednesday that it will offer three “large” investment projects during this year.

The Ministry’s spokesman, Samor Ali Hassoun, told AKnews that the three projects are for normal telephone lines, Baghdad Communications Tower, and post offices.

The Ministry’s preparations regarding this offer are ongoing, and international companies will be encouraged to apply as they are more qualified and have the experience in this field.

Hassoun said that the ministry’s activity during the coming phase will mostly depend on these investment projects, because the ministry does not have enough cash to implement its own projects in accordance with the financial budgets.

(Source: AKnews)

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Asiacell Signs PR Agreement with Leo Burnett

Asiacell, the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq, signed an agreement with Leo Burnett on Wednesday, the 9th of June 2010, at Leo Burnett’s offices in Amman.

By virtue of this agreement, Leo Burnett will provide Asiacell with its comprehensive advertising and promotional services. The agreement was signed by Dr. Diar Ahmed, CEO at Asiacell, the Marketing Director and Communications and PR Director on behalf of the company and Mr. Kamil Kuran, Managing Director of Leo Burnett Levant and Ms. Joëlle Jammal, Managing Director of Leo Burnett Jordan. This agreement does not terminate Asiacell’s existing advertising and promotions agreement with Wunderman, which also covers Asiacell’s advertising needs within the Iraqi market.

Commenting on this step, Dr. Diar Ahmed, said:

“We pride ourselves on our partnership with Leo Burnett, which is considered one of the world’s most prominent companies in the advertising and promotions industry. The Iraqi market is a promising environment for the advertising industry, as advertising is an integral and indispensible tool for all sectors and is necessary for their continued success. We aim through this partnership to maintain our ongoing engagement with our subscribers and the Iraqi public, which reflects the transparency and integrity we adopt in all that we do.”

Dr. Ahmed added, “We hope that this agreement will be a launching pad to a very successful partnership between Asiacell and Leo Burnett, and we look forward to seeing its positive results on the ground in the near future. We have full confidence in Leo Burnett’s management and creative team’s ability in adding value to our brand positioning in the Iraqi market.”

In turn, both Kuran and Jammal expressed their pride in this partnership with the largest telecom operator in Iraq. They further commended Asiacell on its excellent reputation in the Iraqi telecom market and highlighted Leo Burnett’s commitment in supplying the Iraqi market with the best services. They also indicated that the company’s knowledge and expertise in the telecomm industry across the region will add value and creativity to Asiacell’s marketing operations in Iraq.

Since its inception in 1981 as the first multinational agency in the region, Leo Burnett has grown from a single brand agency to a group of companies that provide a comprehensive range of communications solutions, including advertising, media, public relations, digital and CRM. Today, the group has offices in Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Cairo, Beirut, Casablanca and Amman, and employs over 500 people.

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Skype Sees Growth In Middle East

Internet calling service Skype Ltd. said Tuesday that it continues to see growth opportunities in the Middle East despite being banned in parts of the area and is optimistic about the company’s growth potential in Asia.

“There are a couple of governments that officially banned Skype…but what we see in most of the developing world (is that) they are embracing Skype,” Chief Executive Officer Josh Silverman told Dow Jones Newswires.

Silverman was in Singapore to attend the CommunicAsia Conference that began Tuesday.

“I would say, we see growth in the Middle East in general,” Silverman said without getting into details on the ban of the service in the United Arab Emirates.

Currently, Skype cannot be downloaded in Oman, the UAE and Kuwait, although the software can be used if it is previously installed on a computer. The UAE Telecommunication Regulatory Authority said in March that Skype will be allowed to offer a greater range of services in the country if they are partnered with existing licensed telecom operators.

Silverman said that Skype sees strong growth potential in the Asia Pacific as the region has become globally connected due to an increasing number of expatriates and growing international trade.

Skype has over 500 million registered users around the world and is adding 300,000 users a day. The company aspires to have 100 million personal computers shipped with Skype preloaded in 2011. Silverman declined to give growth projections by region.

He would not comment on whether his company plans a listing, saying only that Skype is profitable and has enough money for acquisitions “if it makes sense.”

( Dow Jones )

By P.R. Venkat and Costas Paris

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2 New Projects in Basra

The Basra Investment Commission announced on Monday that two projects in the province are up for bidding.

“The first project is for a fishermen’s harbor in the al-Faw suburb,” a source from the commission told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“The second project is for a factory to produce chemicals in the Abu al-Khaseeb suburb,” the source added.

( Aswat Al Iraq )

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New CEO for Zain Iraq

Zain Group has announced the appointment of Mr Emad Makiya as the Chief Executive Officer of Zain Iraq, effective June 15, 2010. He is replacing the Group’s Chief Executive, Mr Nabeel Bin Salamah who took direct management of the subsidiary in April. The then CEO, Mr Ali Al Dahwi was removed from the post without explanation and was made a special advisor on Iraq to the Zain Group.

Makiya previously held the position of Middle East Director of Sales for Motorola Networks. Before that he was the General Manager of Middle East and Africa Extreme Networks, as well as holding various positions at the NASA space science program, where he worked with the likes of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

( Cellur News )

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Mid East Mobile Users spend $20 a Month on calls

The Middle East region is one of the most dynamic mobile markets in the world with a 23% increase in subscriber base and 12% increase in revenues in 2009 according to the latest market analysis from Dataxis Intelligence. It also has one of the highest mobile revenue per user per month (Arpu) with an average of $20 during 2009 behind only North America and Europe.

A closer look shows that in the last quarter of 2009 there were huge differences between Kuwait where users spend up to $52 a month and users in Yemen who allocate just $5 for mobile services.

Also interesting is the fact that more than half of the region’s 14 countries generated a higher Arpu than the European average of $23 while only 3 countries – Iraq, Iran, Yemen- had an arpu below the worldwide average of $16 per month.

( PressReleaseNetwork.com )

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Building and Reconstruction Award to Minister of Communications

The Observer Foundation has honoured the Minister of Communication, Eng Farouk Abdel Qader Abdel-Rahman, with a building and reconstruction award for outstanding efforts made to obtain the fourth mobile phone license.

Abdul Rahman was praised during ceremony for the  prominent role the ministry played to get this license. As a result advanced and modern services will be offered as well as subsidised prices for the Iraqi people. In addition other  achievements and projects provided by the Ministry have lead to an advancement of communications, and the provision of better services, including the revival of landline telephones.

( Eye media company )

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Asiacell at 7th Media Telecommunications Conference

Asiacell, one of the largest private Iraqi companies and the first mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq, announced its participation in and sponsorship of the 7th annual Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference that was held under the patronage of Her Highness Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan on the 7th and 8th of June 2010, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, Jordan.

The conference was organized by the Arab Advisors Group, which is a member of the Arab Jordan Investment Bank and is a specialized research, analysis and consulting company focused on the communications, media, technology and financial markets throughout the Arab world.

The conference was attended by over 500 executives representing various local, regional and global telecom and media companies, where 46 speakers discussed the most important issues governing convergence opportunities between the media, telecom companies and content providers. The conference aimed at showcasing the telecom and media sectors on a regional level, in addition to providing major telecom and media companies with the opportunity to exchange their expertise and to familiarize themselves with the latest innovations within the field.

Asiacell’s sponsorship of the conference addressed the exceptional competition and growth witnessed in global and regional telecom markets, and aimed to present Asiacell’s experience as an Iraqi telecom company and capitalize on other companies’ experience within the region.

Asiacell’s participation also involved a promotional booth through which the company’s employees were able to interact with the conference’s visitors. In addition, Dr. Ahmed held a presentation that discussed Asiacell’s history and achievements in providing all 18 Iraq governorates with high quality telecom services within record time. The presentation also tackled the crucial role of the private sector in increasing the penetration rate of mobile services in Iraq, and covered the growing competition in the regional telecom market, highlighting that the Iraqi market is amongst the most competitive markets in the Arab world.

With regards to the role of the telecom sector in driving the progress of the Iraqi economy, Dr. Ahmed’s presentation revealed that the contributions of Iraqi telecom companies in the development of the national economy came only second to those of Iraqi oil companies. He stated as well the necessity of allowing Iraqi telecom companies to invest in the telecom sector’s infrastructure, which will have a significant positive impact on the development of the Iraqi market especially in light of the low penetration rate of Internet services in Iraq.

( AME Info FZ LLC )

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