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Iraq - Telecoms Market Overview & Statistics

This report attempts to describe the fast evolving telecoms situation in Iraq and also describes services immediately before the 2003 war. Statistics are few and mostly pre-war. Even before the destruction of the 2003 war, Iraq's telecommunication services were extremely poor as a result of the 1991 Gulf War and the limitations of UN sanctions. The report gives some information on fixed-line infrastructure repair, Internet access and details of the fast-growing regional mobile operators launched early in 2004.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Iraq's telecom market
3.1.1 Pre-war background
3.1.2 Northern Iraq
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 New regulatory developments
5. Fixed network operator in Iraq
5.1 Iraqi Telephone and Postal Company (ITPC)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telephone network
6.1.1 Contracts awarded
6.2 Pre-war background
6.2.1 Purchases through the ‘Oil-for-Food' program
6.2.2 Northern Iraq
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 Submarine cable networks
6.3.2 Satellite networks
6.4 Infrastructure developments
7. Internet market
7.1 Overview of the Internet in Iraq
7.1.1 Internet statistics
7.1.2 Pre-war background
7.1.3 Northern Iraq
8. Broadband market
8.1 Wireless broadband
8.1.1 Internet via satellite (Ka band services)
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Overview of Iraq's mobile market
9.1.1 Mobile statistics
9.2 Mobile licences
9.2.1 Post licence announcement controversy
9.2.2 Licences approved
9.3 Mobile technologies
9.4 Major mobile operators
9.4.1 Asia-Cell Telecommunications Company Ltd
9.4.2 Orascom Telecom Iraq Corporation
9.4.3 Atheer Telecom Iraq
9.5 Other mobile operators
9.5.1 MCI Network
9.5.2 Batelco
9.5.3 Sana Tel
9.6 Mobile voice services
9.6.1 Prepaid
9.6.2 Satellite mobile
10. Related reports

Table 1 - Country statistics - 2003
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2002
Table 3 - Mobile statistics - December 2004
Table 4 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 5 - Internet users - 2001 - 2005
Table 6 - Internet host computers - 2000 - 2002
Table 7 - Mobile subscribers by operator - December 2004
Table 8 - Mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2004

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