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Gulf Bridge routes Internet Connection through Iraq

By John Lee. Qatar-based cloud, connectivity and content enabler Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has reportedly updated the 'North Route' of its subsea cable meshed smart network, connecting the Gulf to Europe through Iraq. According to Zawya, this improves route diversification and enhances the resilience of internet connectivity to and from the region. It says it […]

Asiacell Revenues and Profits Fall

By John Lee. Mobile phone service Asiacell has reported a drop in revenues and EBITDA. In its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2022, parent company Ooredoo said: "Asiacell reported revenue of QAR 2.7 billion, a decrease of 2%, due to the ongoing intense competition in Iraq. "Asiacell's EBITDA dropped by 7% […]

Qatar to Open Consulate in Erbil

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet has adopted the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the opening of a Qatari general consulate in Erbil. Iraq reserves its right to open an Iraqi consulate in Qatar in the future, according to the principle of reciprocity. (Source: Iraqi Cabinet)

Asiacell to sell Mobile Phone Transmission Towers

By John Lee. Qatari mobile telecoms group Ooredoo is planning to sell its portfolio of transmission towers, which includes those owned by its Iraqi subsidiary Asiacell. Media sources suggest that this will be done on a sale-and-leaseback basis, and that the portfolio may be split by country. According to Reuters, Morgan Stanley is advising on […]

Qatar signs Grid Interconnection agreement with Iraq

Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) cooperates with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) to develop the Gulf electricity interconnection system and connect it to the southern Iraq network. QFFD signed an agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority to develop the Gulf electricity interconnection system and to connect it to the southern Iraq […]

Iraq to sign Double Taxation Agreements

By John Lee. The Cabinet held its weekly meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. Following discussions, the Cabinet authorised the Ministry of Finance to negotiate and initialize a draft agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of tax evasion on income and capital, between Iraq and Jordan, […]

Asiacell Increases Customer Base and Revenues

By John Lee. Mobile phone service Asiacell has reported a healthy increase in its customer base and local-currency revenue. In its results for the first nine months of the year, parent company Ooredoo said: "Asiacell reported revenue of QAR 2.8 billion during 9M 2021, a decrease of 8% mainly due to the devaluation of the […]

Nokia to build Asiacell's Next-Gen Microwave Network in Iraq

By John Lee. Finland's Nokia today announced that Asiacell Telecom has chosen Nokia to build its next-generation microwave network in Iraq. In the five-year deal, Nokia's Wavence microwave packet radio will help Asiacell address demand for more capacity and provide fiber-like connectivity everywhere, including remote and difficult-to-reach areas In a press release, Nokia said that […]

Asiacell Grows Customer Base in Iraq

By John Lee. Mobile phone service Asiacell has reported a sharp drop in revenue, when expressed in Qatari riyals, as a result of the devaluation of the Iraqi dinar. In its results for the half year ended 30 June 2021, parent company Ooredoo said: "Asiacell reported revenue of QAR 1.7 billion during the first half […]

Covid and Devaluation hit Asiacell Revenues

By John Lee. Mobile phone service Asiacell has reported a sharp drop in revenue, when expressed in Qatari riyals, as a result of the devaluation of the Iraqi dinar. In its results for the three-month period ended 31 March 2021, parent company Ooredoo said: "The Iraqi economy was impacted by weakening purchasing power following the […]