The Iraqi Communications Ministry announced on Tuesday that it will launch the fourth round of licensing for mobile phone companies next week.
According to the report from AKnews, the licences will be granted next week but any agreements will have to be confirmed by the cabinet.
A statement from Communications Minister, Mohammed Allawi, said that the ministry will only grant licences to companies that will actually offer better services for customers and improve the technological infrasctructure.
There have been issues surrounding the licensing round due to clashes between the Communications and Media Commissio, an independent body established in June 2004, and the ministry. An unclear delineation of the legal powers of the two bodies has led to confusion and conflict.