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Zain to pay $94m to settle Iraqna Tax Case

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Zain Iraq is to pay $94 million to settle a tax case related to the 2007 acquisition of rival operator Iraqna from Egypt’s Orascom Telecom. Iraq’s General Commission of Taxes (GCT) claimed Zain Iraq owed $187 million in capital gains tax due on its $1.2 billion purchase of the […]

IBBC Announces Changes to Leadership Team

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has today announced changes to its leadership team. Former IBBC Executive Chairman Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is now President of the 54-member organisation. Baroness Nicholson also serves as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iraq, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Replacing Baroness Nicholson as Chairman is Mr Mohammed Charchafchi, Chairman and […]

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 […]

Zain Iraq and Ericsson Extend Managed Services Deal

Zain Iraq and Ericsson have signed a three-year extension of their network and IT operation and optimization managed services agreement. Under the extended agreement, Ericsson will continue to optimize, transform and manage network and IT operations for Zain’s nationwide 3G mobile network in Iraq, which currently includes over 4,200 sites across the country. This agreement […]

Business Declines at Zain Iraq

By John Lee. Kuwait-based Zain has announced a significant drop in its mobile phone business in Iraq in the first half of 2016. The exceptional socio-economic circumstances facing the operation saw Zain Iraq’s financial performance hampered, with revenues for the period reaching USD 536 million, a decrease of 11% Y-o-Y, and EBITDA reaching USD 194 […]

eServGlobal and Zain win GTB Innovation Award

eServGlobal and the Zain Group have been named as winners of a Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award for mobile money deployments in Jordan and Iraq. The Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards recognise innovative projects in the global telecommunications industry, highlighting the collaboration and partnership between operators and vendors. The award winners were announced during a […]

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 […]

Court finds against Zain in $187m Tax Ruling

By John Lee. Reuters reports that an Iraqi appeals court has upheld a ruling that mobile phone operator Zain Iraq must pay a $187-million tax bill related to the acquisition of a rival Iraqna from Egypt’s Orascom Telecom in 2007. Unusually, says the report, the government tried to levy capital gains tax worth $187 million on […]

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 […]

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).  […]

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 […]

100 Youths Join Workshop on Innovation

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) concluded a series of workshops training over 100 Iraqi youths on creativity and innovation in transforming ideas into businesses and social projects. As part of UNDP’s Innovation for Development initiative and in collaboration with Zain Iraq, the workshops were held in Baghdad (1-3 October), Basra (15-17 October) and Erbil […]