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Asiacell reports Revenue Growth for Q1

By John Lee. Mobile phone service Asiacell has reported revenue growth or nearly 2 percent in the first quarter of this year. In its results for the quarter ended 31 March 2020, the company said: "Asiacell reported revenue growth to QAR 1.09 billion in Q1 2020, up from QAR 1.07 billion in Q1 2019.  The […]

Iraq Falls in World Press Freedom Index

By John Lee. Iraq has fallen in the World Press Freedom Index for 2020, ranking 162nd out of 180 countries, down six place on last year. The result puts Iraq behind countries such as Turkey and Sudan, but ahead of Iran and Libya. First place went to Norway, with North Korea coming last. Reporters Without […]

Iraq Lifts Suspension of Reuters' Licence

By John Lee. Iraq's Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has reportedly lifted its suspension of Reuters' licence to work in the country. The regulator had revoked the licence for three months and imposed a fine of 25 million dinars ($21,000) for what it said was the news agency's violation of the rules of media broadcasting. […]

President Salih: CMC Suspension of Reuters "Regretable"

By John Lee. Reuters has confirmed that Iraq's media regulator has suspended its licence after the news agency published a story saying the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than officially reported. The Communications and Media Commission (CMC) said it was revoking the licence for three months and imposing a fine […]

Iraq Suspends Reuters over COVID-19 Report

Iraqi regulator suspends Reuters' license for 3 months over COVID-19 report Iraqi authorities should immediately reinstate the license of the Reuters news agency, and allow all media outlets to cover the COVID-19 pandemic freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the Communications and Media Commission (CMC), Iraq's media regulator, suspended Reuters' license for […]

Iraq's first Digital Copywriting Program

In the spirit of supporting Iraqi youth to increase their employment opportunities and boost the country's creative industry, please consider donating to this campaign to launch Iraq's first Digital Copywriting Program. Iraqi Innovators' mission is to change Iraq's narrative through their media platform and to train a generation of writers that will document Iraq's future […]

Internet of Things (IoT) to Monitor Reservoirs in Iraq

Kerlink, a French-based specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced the success of a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) pilot program for reservoir monitoring in Uganda and Iraq, which incorporates Kerlink’s LoRaWAN gateway technology. The effectiveness of the sensor-to-cloud monitoring programs in remote locations is resulting in near-term […]

Asiacell Revenue Growth of 3% in 2019

Asiacell reported revenue growth of 3% to QAR 4.6 billion in 2019, despite a flat customer base of 14.2 million customers. The company maintained a healthy EBITDA margin of 45% in 2019 while EBITDA declined slightly from QAR 2.1 billion in 2018 to QAR 2.0 billion in 2019. Asiacell upgraded its entire network to support […]

Zain Iraq Profits Up 28%

By John Lee. Mobile telecommunications company Zain has reported that its Iraqi revenue was stable at USD 1.1 billion last year, despite a competitive landscape and economic and political issues in Zain stronghold regions. Announcing its results for 2019, the company said: "[Zain Iraq] EBITDA grew strongly by 10% Y-o-Y amounting to USD 465 million […]

Interview with Iraqi Comedian/Satirist Ahmed Albasheer

The PBS show Amanpour and Company has interviewed Ahmed Albasheer (pictured), the Iraqi comedian and host of the weekly satire program “Albasheer Show”. Albasheer started the show in 2014 as a tool to fight corruption, extremism and terrorism. He explains how a suicide bomber changed his life, and how “Albasheer Show” is fueling the demonstrations currently […]

Asiacell ranked "Best Telco" in Iraq

By John Lee. Asiacell has reportedly been ranked as the best telecom company in Iraq for 2019 at the International Finance Award ceremony in Dubai. According to a press release on PR Newswire, the award was made for the company's network quality and the development of its infrastructure. (Source: PR Newswire)

Iraq 2020 - Discovering Business

Iraq Business News is delighted to bring you a major new guide to business in Iraq. Published by Allurentis, in association with Iraq’s National Investment Commission (NIC), Iraq 2020 - Discovering Business contains a wealth of case studies, commentary and data; it’s 68 pages of essential reading for everyone with an interest in the redevelopment […]