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Iraq - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Iraq - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Plans to auction a fourth mobile license in Iraq were again ignited when the Iraqi cabinet announced in mid-2018 that a committee has been appointed to manage the tender process along with assistance from an auditing firm. While efforts in the past to auction the fourth license were not successful; it is hoped that this time around the licensing process will be completed and further competition in the mobile market will be created.

Overall the political unrest in Iraq has battered the telecommunications sector and created a very challenging environment for the telecoms operators in recent years. In 2018-2019 however there have been signs of stability with the installation of thousands of new fibre-optic cables; restoration of some of the damaged mobile networks underway and growth in mobile broadband subscribers evident.

There is high international interest in the Iraqi market with its potential to recover economically pinned on its large oil and natural gas reserves. Iraq offers much potential for telecoms infrastructure development with many under-served areas requiring better coverage and/or reconstruction. There will also be opportunities in developing both 3G and 4G deployment, with early signs that mobile data revenues are already increasing on the back of existing 3G networks.

Key developments:

The three mobile network operators which hold national licences are Zain Iraq, Asiacell and Korek Telecom.
The parts of Iraq seized by rebel forces reportedly have very little mobile infrastructure left intact, with residents relying on satellite technology for communications.
The most popular mobile plans are pre-paid.
Operators have faced serious security concerns for both personnel, equipment and infrastructure due to the civil unrest.
Mobile broadband services took a recent step forward with a recent growth in mobile broadband subscriptions.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Iraqi Telephone and Postal Company (ITPC), Newroz Telecom, Asiacell, Zain Iraq, Korek Telecom, Regional Telecom, Communication and Media Commission (CMC), ScopeSky Communications.

Please note: Due to civil unrest in Iraq, current and detailed information on the telecoms sector can at times be difficult to obtain.


  • Executive summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Iraq - 2018 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Iraq - GDP and inflation - 2012 - 2018
  • Telecommunications market
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
  • Regulatory environment
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN IRAQ
      • Wireless Local Loop licences
  • Fixed network operator in Iraq
    • IRAQI TELEPHONE AND POSTAL COMPANY (ITPC)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1990 - 2018
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart grids
  • Broadband access market
    • OVERVIEW
      • Internet statistics
        • Table Internet user penetration and estimates - 2001 - 2018
        • Table Iraq - fixed broadband subscribers - 2017; 2018
        • Table Iraq - fixed and mobile Internet traffic - 2017
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) AND FIBRE-TO-THEHOME (FTTH)
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • WiMAX
  • Digital economy
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-BANKING
    • E-EDUCATION
  • Digital media
  • Mobile communications
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2019
        • Table Mobile operator market shares - 2004 - 2018
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2014 - 2019
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Temporary mobile licences awarded in 2003
      • Permanent licences awarded in 2007
      • Fourth mobile licence
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 3G
      • 4G LTE
      • 5G
      • Satellite mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Asiacell Communications (Oooredoo)
        • Table Asiacell revenue - 2016 - 2018
        • Table Asiacell subscribers - 2006 - 2018
      • Zain Iraq (formerly MTC Atheer)
        • Table Zain Iraq financial data - 2008 - 2018
        • Table Zain Iraq mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2018
        • Table Zain Iraq prepaid subscribers - 2009 - 2018
      • Korek Telecom
        • Table Korek Telecom subscribers - 2013 - 2018
      • Kurdistan operators
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • M-BANKING AND M-PAYMENTS
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