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Iraq - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

LTE launched in Iraq

Iraq's telecoms sector continues to grow steadily despite the ongoing violence that affects the country. Since the war rebuilding efforts focused on rapidly improving network access, resulting in a number of wireless local loop and mobile licences issued. The fixed sector presents a number of growth opportunities as it has lagged behind the mobile

Broadband Internet is available through a variety of platforms, including ADSL, satellite, WiMAX, CDMA and mobile broadband. Internet cafes are a popular Internet access method given low PC ownership. However the most exciting prospect for this market is the current deployment of FttX networks with total connections equating to over 50% of households. Such widespread access to fast broadband networks will enable end users to easily access the Internet and Iraq's nascent digital economy, comprised of e-education, e-health and e-government services.

Mobile services have been the big success story of telecoms in post-war Iraq. The market has grown very quickly, partly due to the lack of fixed-line service. Three mobile network operators hold national licences: Zain Iraq, Asiacell and Korek Telecom. As part of their licence conditions, the mobile network operators are obliged to launch Initial Public Offerings (IPO)s. A regional operator, Regional Telecom, launched LTE services in 2013 and offers competitively priced mobile broadband products.

With mobile penetration reaching levels indicative of a maturing market, mobile data is the next revenue growth opportunity for the mobile sector.

Key telecom parameters 2011; 2013
Sector | 2011 | 2013

Subscribers to telecoms services (million):

Fixed Broadband | 0.1 | 0.3
Fixed-line telephony | 1.8 | 1.9
Mobile phone | 23.3 | 27.3
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies covered in this report include:

Iraqi Telephone and Postal Company (ITPC), Itisaluna, Kalimat Telecom, Iraqtel, VitalTel, Hi Link Telecom, Omnnea, Newroz Telecom, Asiacell, Zain Iraq, Korek Telecom, Regional Telecom.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Iraq's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors.

Subjects include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure;
Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
Internet;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Broadband;
Digital economy and digital media;
Mobile subscriber forecasts to 2023;


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Iraq's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Iraq
4.3.1 Wireless Local Loop licences
5. Fixed network operators in Iraq
5.1 Iraqi Telephone and Postal Company (ITPC)
5.2 Wireless Local Loop operators
5.2.1 Itisaluna Abr Al Iraq
5.2.2 Kalimat Telecom
5.2.3 Iraqtel
5.2.4 VitalTel
5.2.5 Omnnea
5.2.6 Hi Link Telecom
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telephone network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
7. Broadband access market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Internet statistics
7.2 Fibre to the Premises (FttP)
7.3 Wireless broadband
7.3.1 CDMA
7.3.2 WiMAX
7.3.3 Internet via satellite
8. Digital economy/digital media
8.1 Overview
8.2 e-education
8.3 e-health
8.4 e-government
8.5 Smart Grid
9. Digital broadcasting
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Iraq's mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Mobile subscriber forecasts
10.2.1 Scenario 1 higher growth
10.2.2 Scenario 2 lower growth
10.3 Regulatory issues
10.3.1 Temporary mobile licences awarded in 2003
10.3.2 Permanent licences awarded in 2007
10.3.3 Fourth mobile licence
10.4 Mobile technologies
10.4.1 Asiacell
10.4.2 Zain
10.4.3 Korek
10.4.4 Regional Telecom
10.5 Major mobile operators
10.5.1 Asiacell Communications
10.5.2 Zain Iraq (formerly MTC Atheer)
10.5.3 Korek Telecom
10.5.4 Regional Telecom / Fastlink
10.6 Mobile voice services
10.6.1 Prepaid
10.6.2 Satellite mobile
10.7 Mobile data
10.7.1 Mobile Messaaging
10.7.2 Mobile Internet access
10.8 Mobile content and applications
10.8.1 Mobile TV
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Iraq 2013
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2013
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2013
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2013
Table 5 National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 GDP growth and inflation 2006 - 2014
Table 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1990 - 2014
Table 8 Internet user penetration and estimates 2001 - 2014
Table 9 Fixed broadband subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 10 International Internet bandwidth 2005 - 2012
Table 11 Household PC penetration 2008 - 2014
Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2003 - 2014
Table 13 Mobile operator market shares 2004 - 2013
Table 14 Major mobile operators ARPU 2004 - 2013
Table 15 Forecast mobile penetration in Iraq higher growth scenario 2018; 2023
Table 16 Forecast mobile penetration in Iraq lower growth scenario 2018; 2023
Table 17 Asiacell financial data 2006 - 2013
Table 18 Asiacell subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 19 Asiacell ARPU 2010 - 2013
Table 20 Zain Iraq financial data 2006 2013
Table 21 Zain Iraq Active Subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 22 Korek Telecom Subscribers 2011 - 2013
Table 23 Zain Iraq prepaid subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 24 Zain Total daily data volume 2010 - 2012
Chart 1 Iraq fixed-line and mobile subscribers 2003 - 2014

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