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Nokia to Improve Zain Iraq’s Network

Finland’s Nokia will modernize and expand Zain Iraq‘s radio networks with its most advanced technologies across Karbala, Najaf and Basra, with a special focus on the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, to support the expected increase in data and voice traffic during Zeyara as millions of people converge on the region. Zeyara is an […]

Govt demands Asiacell & Korek Relocate to Baghdad

By John Lee. Mobile phone operators based in Iraqi Kurdistan have reportedly been told by the Iraqi government to move their headquarters to Baghdad, following the region’s recent vote for independence. Asiacell is based in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, while Korek is based in Erbil; Zain, however, is based in Baghdad. According to a […]

Omantel Buys 10% of Zain Group

Oman Telecommunications (Omantel) has announced that it will purchase 425.7 million of Zain‘s treasury shares in a cash transaction at an offer price of KWD 0.60 per share – subject to regulatory approval. Once complete, Omantel will own a minority stake in Zain Group of approximately 9.84% in outstanding common shares. The total consideration of […]

Mobile Tech helps to Transfer Cash to Rural Families

Many vulnerable rural families in Iraq can now benefit from a safer, more secure means of receiving income thanks to mobile money transfer technology adopted for the first time by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as part of a cash-for-work programme aimed at rehabilitating agricultural infrastructure and land. The programme, which is funded […]

Asiacell Revenues Boosted by Mosul Liberation

By John Lee. Asiacell Iraq has announced 4 percent growth in revenues from QAR 2.1 billion ($570 million) in H1 2016 to almost QAR 2.2 billion ($600 million) in H1 2017. The customer base increased 13 percent to reach more than 12 million customers in H1 2017. EBITDA decreased by 3 percent and stood at […]

Zain expects Improved Performance in Iraq

By John Lee. Zain Group Vice-Chairman and Group CEO, Bader Al-Kharafi (pictured), has said that he anticipates improved performances in Iraq, “where several tax and litigation issues have been resolved and the new leadership there can now focus on driving the business.” In its results announcement for Q1, the company added: “Despite the initiation of […]

Wikipedia “Data Free” in Iraq

Today, Wikimedia community members in Iraq, the Wikimedia Foundation, and Asiacell, one of Iraq’s largest mobile operators, announced a new partnership to provide access to Wikipedia free of mobile data charges to Asiacell’s nearly 12 million subscribers in Iraq. The partnership was announced today at a press event hosted by Ooredoo during Mobile World Congress […]

Asiacell Revenues Fall 14%

By John Lee. Qatar-based Ooredoo has announced that its Iraqi unit Asiacell has maintained its No.1 revenue market share position, but its revenues have fallen 14 percent: In its FY 2016 Earnings Statement the company said: “Despite economic and political challenges in Iraq, Asiacell maintained its revenue and data market leadership. Asiacell successfully reactivated service […]

GTH ordered to pay $60m to Atheer

Global Telecom Holding (GTH), an Egyptian joint stock company, today announces that, as previously disclosed, on 19 November 2012 Atheer Telecom Iraq Limited initiated English High Court proceedings against Orascom Telecom Iraq Ltd. (OTIL) and GTH in relation to a dispute arising from 2007 sale of Iraqna, OTIL’s Iraqi mobile subsidiary, to Atheer. Pursuant to […]

Zain Iraq Revenues Fall 11%

By John Lee. Kuwait-based telecommunications group Zain has said that revenues at its Iraqi unit fell by 11 percent in 2016. In its full-year results, the company blamed “exceptional circumstances” with revenues for the full-year reaching USD 1.1 billion, and EBITDA reaching USD 394 million, down 18 percent, with a net loss of USD 5 […]

“Dysfunctional Banking System” affects Asiacell Business

By John Lee. In its results for the first nine months of the year, Qatar-based Ooredoo said this morning that business at its Iraqi subsidiary Asiacell is still affected by the political and economic situation in the country, a “dysfunctional banking system“, and VAT impact. Despite these challenges, Asiacell maintained its revenue leadership in the […]