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3 Large Iraqi Communications Contracts This Year

The Iraqi Ministry of Communications announced on Wednesday that it will offer three “large” investment projects during this year. The Ministry’s spokesman, Samor Ali Hassoun, told AKnews that the three projects are for normal telephone lines, Baghdad Communications Tower, and post offices. The Ministry’s preparations regarding this offer are ongoing, and international companies will be […]

Asiacell Signs PR Agreement with Leo Burnett

Asiacell, the largest private Iraqi company and the first and only mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq, signed an agreement with Leo Burnett on Wednesday, the 9th of June 2010, at Leo Burnett's offices in Amman. By virtue of this agreement, Leo Burnett will provide Asiacell with its comprehensive advertising and […]

Skype Sees Growth In Middle East

Internet calling service Skype Ltd. said Tuesday that it continues to see growth opportunities in the Middle East despite being banned in parts of the area and is optimistic about the company's growth potential in Asia. "There are a couple of governments that officially banned Skype...but what we see in most of the developing world […]

2 New Projects in Basra

The Basra Investment Commission announced on Monday that two projects in the province are up for bidding. “The first project is for a fishermen’s harbor in the al-Faw suburb,” a source from the commission told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The second project is for a factory to produce chemicals in the Abu al-Khaseeb suburb,” the […]

New CEO for Zain Iraq

Zain Group has announced the appointment of Mr Emad Makiya as the Chief Executive Officer of Zain Iraq, effective June 15, 2010. He is replacing the Group's Chief Executive, Mr Nabeel Bin Salamah who took direct management of the subsidiary in April. The then CEO, Mr Ali Al Dahwi was removed from the post without […]

Mid East Mobile Users spend $20 a Month on calls

The Middle East region is one of the most dynamic mobile markets in the world with a 23% increase in subscriber base and 12% increase in revenues in 2009 according to the latest market analysis from Dataxis Intelligence. It also has one of the highest mobile revenue per user per month (Arpu) with an average […]

Building and Reconstruction Award to Minister of Communications

The Observer Foundation has honoured the Minister of Communication, Eng Farouk Abdel Qader Abdel-Rahman, with a building and reconstruction award for outstanding efforts made to obtain the fourth mobile phone license. Abdul Rahman was praised during ceremony for the  prominent role the ministry played to get this license. As a result advanced and modern services […]

Asiacell at 7th Media Telecommunications Conference

Asiacell, one of the largest private Iraqi companies and the first mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq, announced its participation in and sponsorship of the 7th annual Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference that was held under the patronage of Her Highness Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan on the 7th and 8th […]

Etisalat Eyes Acquisitions in Syria, Iraq

Dubai Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, or Etisalat, is in a three-pronged expansion plan as it eyes new acquisitions in Syria, Iraq and an increased presence in India. "The Iraqi government announced it would issue a fourth licence and we expressed our interest," Etisalat chairman Mohammad Omran said yesterday. "The [Syria] government has announced that it would […]

Motorola Signs Zain Deal

Kuwait's Zain has signed a services management agreement with Motorola. Under the three-year contract, Motorola will operate and manage the Kuwaiti telecoms 3G network as well as handle the design, planning, support and optimisation. The two firms also have existing contracts in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Jordan for several different technologies, network domains and […]

Media Regulator Calls for Greater Press Freedom

The head of Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission (CMC) Dr Burhan Al-Shawi, has announced plans to hold a major conference in partnership with the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council as part of efforts to abolish laws that are incompatible with press freedoms. An independent authority that is solely responsible for licensing and regulating telecommunications and media […]

4th Cell Phone License Approved

The Iraqi Council of Ministers has decided to grant a license to the 4th mobile phone provider in Iraq. “The decision comes in order to activate the communication sector in Iraq, and to provide better cell phone service to the Iraqi people,” Dr. Ali al-Dabbagh, the official spokesperson of the Iraqi government, said on Sunday […]