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Zain Iraq Plans to Invest $100m in Kurdish Zone

The Iraqi unit of Kuwait telecoms firm Zain is planning to spend $100m this year as part of its plan to expand throughout the entire Kurdish region over the next five months, its chief executive said yesterday. Emad Makiya, CEO of Zain Iraq, the country’s biggest mobile phone operator, said the firm planned to extend […]

Etisalat Has Not Ruled Out Iraq Expansion

UAE telecom Etisalat has not ruled out expansion into Iraq after dropping its $12bn bid for a chunk of Kuwait’s Zain that would have given it access to the market, a senior executive said, according to a report from Arabian Business. “We are looking at all opportunities,” said Ahmed Bin Ali, group senior vice president […]

4th Mobile Phone Licence Could Go for $2bn

Iraq's communications minister said he expected the country's planned fourth mobile phone licence to fetch between $1 billion to $2 billion [2.4 trillion Iraqi dinars] in an auction expected by the end of this year. According to Reuters, Mohammed Allawi said the expected cost for the licence, including installations and infrastructure costs, could be in […]

Cordiant Provides $50m Funding for Zain Iraq

Cordiant Capital, the Montreal based fund manager that specialises in loans to emerging markets, has committed $50 million to fund the expansion of Iraq’s mobile phone network. Mobile penetration in Iraq is estimated at just 77%, lagging far behind most of its neighbouring countries where penetration rates are virtually 100%. The loan is part of […]

Mobile Phone Wars in Iraq

Iraqi mobile operator AsiaCell has threatened to sue Kuwait-based telecoms provider Zain, after it allegedly distributed millions of unlicensed SIM cards, hitting AsiaCell's market share. It has also disconnected several million Zain Iraq subscribers whose lines have not been fully licensed by the Communications and Media Commission (CMC). AsiaCell, in which Qatar Telecommunications Co (Qtel) […]

Zain Iraq Secures $400m Debt Facility

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is supporting economic growth and expanded access to telecommunications services in Iraq through a landmark $400 million, seven-year debt facility for Zain Iraq, the country’s largest mobile phone operator. Zain Iraq is a subsidiary of Kuwait-based telecommunications operator Zain Group, a longtime IFC partner. Zain is the […]

Iraq Fines Zain $262 Million

Reuters reports that Iraq has fined Kuwait-based telecoms provider Zain $262 million for putting 5 million Sim cards in the local market without permission, contravening its licence. The company has three months to pay. Zain's Iraq unit will appeal the fine, its chief executive, Emad Makiya, said. "They have no right to issue such a […]

Zain Iraq Expects Boost from Kurdish Region

The Iraqi unit of Kuwait's Zain expects to add up to 18,000 new subscribers a month after starting operations in Iraq's northern Kurdish region, Reuters has reported. "I would expect that we will be adding around 15,000 to 18,000 (new subscribers) a month," chief executive Emad Makiya told the news agency, adding that the total […]

France Telecom Targets Iraq's Korek

According to the Financial Times, the European telecom giant France Telecom is engaged in talks to buy a minority stake in the Iraqi mobile phone operator Korek, as part of a bid to expand its operations in the Middle East. Although no deal has yet been struck, financial observers say that a potential agreement could […]

Zain Shares Rise on Etisalat Approach

Etisalat, the state-controlled telecommunications company of the United Arab Emirates, has made an offer to acquire a large stake in Zain, Kuwait’s largest operator, which has mobile telecom operations in Iraq. The Financial Times reports that Zain, which is partially owned by Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund (24.6%) and the country’s Kharafi family (13%), has been […]

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Zain Warned to Improve Service

The Chairman of Anbar provincial council has warned the Zain mobile phone company following complaints from the public about the deterioration in their services. Dr. Jassim al-Halbusi told AKnews that the council had issued Zain with an ultimatum to improve their telecommunications services within a month or face closure in the province. One mobile phone […]

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Zain Iraq to Start Ops in Kurdistan

The Iraqi unit of Kuwait telecoms firm Zain (ZAIN.KW) will start operating in Iraqi Kurdistan in January and expects to boost its subscriber base by up to two million in 2011, its chief executive said on Sunday, in an interview with Reuters. Emad Makiya, the new CEO of Zain Iraq, said Zain group, the Gulf […]