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Iraq - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Executive summary

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.

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;

Table of Contents

  • 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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