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WFP Launches WiFi System In Iraqi Refugee Camp

The World Food Programme (WFP) today launched an innovative project that provides wireless internet access to Syrian refugees living in Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, the largest refugee camp in Iraq which is home to 31,000 Syrian refugees. Syrian refugees forced to flee the conflict in Syria can now use the internet through the […]

“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 […]

Sales Tax continues to hamper Zain Iraq

By John Lee. Zain Iraq has said that the exceptional socio-economic circumstances in Iraq have hampered the company’s financial performance, with revenues for the period reaching $804 million and EBITDA reaching $284 million. Net income amounted to $29 million, with the EBITDA margin standing at 35.3 percent. Data-related revenues formed 9 percent of overall revenues […]

Cisco Helps Rebuild Iraqi National Backbone

US-based internet technology company Cisco has announced its role in restoring and rebuilding the Iraqi National Backbone, a multi-layer IP and optical network that spans the long terrestrial route from Iraq to Turkey. The Iraqi National Backbone is a joint venture between Symphony and EarthLink JLT, reaching most major Iraqi cities. It will be available […]

Ideal Payments Launches Mobile App in Iraq

Banking Technology reports that Ideal Payments has teamed with Taif Money Transfer to launch Iraq’s “first” mobile payments app – Taif eWallet. The platform aims to create a “holistic payments ecosystem” used by multiple agents in the economy including retail merchants, ecommerce platforms, private companies, and government institutions. Ideal Payments’ local partner, Taif Money Transfer, […]

New Sales Tax hits Zain’s Income

By John Lee. Zain Group has said that continued social unrest in Iraq, coupled with heightened levels of price competition and implementation of a new 20 percent sales tax on mobile services, as well as wide-ranging tax increases on other sectors in Iraq, have hit spending on mobile services. The company said that this has […]

Asiacell Revenues Sharply Down

As part of its results statement for the twelve months to 31st December 2015, Qatar-based Ooredoo gave the following update for its Asiacell mobile telecom operation in Iraq: “Asiacell was impacted by the security situation in Iraq and aggressive pricing competition in the first half of the year. Consequently, revenue was down 22% to QAR […]

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 […]

Asiacell selects Ericsson for Transmission Backbone Contract

Ericsson and Asiacell have partnered in a network deal to transform Asiacell’s transmission backbone infrastructure in Iraq, reports Telecompaper. This project enables Asiacell to secure the required technology and capacity to cater for the increased demand for data traffic and improve customer experiences in Iraq in the coming five years. Ericsson collaborated with Asiacell in […]

Mobile Money Service goes live in Iraq

eServGlobal has announced the commercial launch of mobile money services with Zain Iraq. According to a statement from the company, the service was soft-launched in January and has already attracted strong interest. The service is called ‘Zain Cash‘ and is offered by Iraq Wallet, which is an authorised company from the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI).  […]

UltiSat wins Satcom Contract with SOS Int’l

UltiSat has been awarded a contract by SOS International (SOSi) to provide an integrated and managed satellite communications network solution in Taji, Iraq. SOSi is a provider of logistics, construction, training, intelligence, and information technology solutions to clients in the defense, diplomatic, intelligence and law enforcement communities. UltiSat is tasked to deploy, operate, and maintain […]