Iraq Telecommunications: Report Q3 2014

Business Monitor International
July 30, 2014
86 Pages - SKU: BMI5305302
Countries covered: Iraq

Iraq Telecommunications: Report Q3 2014

BMI View: The Iraqi mobile market recorded strong growth throughout 2013 and Q114, supporting ouroutlook for continued subscriptions growth over the five years to 2018. We expect strong competition andpenetration rising above 100% by 2015 to continue to apply downward pressure on ARPUs, but thegovernment's allocation of 3G licenses in Q214 will help operators offset this trend by tapping into pent updemand for mobile broadband services. We expect the launch of 3G to further stifle growth in the fixedbroadband sector, which has already been held back by the limited reach of wireline networks.

BMI nevertheless retains a positive growth outlook for both the mobile and wireline telecoms markets,underpinned by various network infrastructure plans by the government and incumbent fixed-line operatorIPTC, the country's large population and its oil wealth. However, the recent escalation of sectarian violencein Iraq and uncertain security situation pose important downside risks to investment and growth for the restof 2014, at the very least.

Key Data

The mobile market grew by 1.5% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) in Q114, down from 6.5% q-o-q growth inQ413 but stable compared to Q113.

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