Iraq - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

Executive summary

Mobile technology dominates in Iraq due to the civil instability

The telecoms infrastructure in Iraq is representative of an embattled country that has seen decades of conflict - from civil war; to regional wars with Iran; deployment of US and coalition troops and strict UN sanctions. At times there have been attempts to rebuild the telecoms infrastructure but with the unrest in Iraq intensifying again – overall it is the fixed networks which have suffered as a result of all the upheaval.

In contrast mobile technology has thrived and nearly all citizens have cellular devices – although ownership of smart phones is low. Iraq is still reliant on 2G technology which has led to a stagnated growth in mobile data services. However with the mobile operators gaining approval in 2014 to begin offering 3G services in Iraq – this is one bright spot for future progress in this war-ravaged country.

In addition, the three major mobile operators all expanded their network coverage and product and service offerings in 2013. Mobile data services are becoming increasingly important as a source of new revenue as growth opportunities from new subscriber additions disappear in the maturing mobile voice market.

As with many parts of the Middle East, the Internet is tightly controlled and Iraq is no exception with the government trying to control or block Internet access in some areas in order to stop social media services being used to rally public support. With Internet penetration estimated at only around 11% in 2014; this is one sector earmarked for large growth potential in the future when the country stabilises.

While attempts have been made to deploy fibre optic infrastructure across Iraq; its penetration is still very low and expensive. This may create opportunities for satellite broadband providers.

While the potential of Iraq as a key growth area for telecommunications is well recognised – unlocking this potential is mostly on hold at the moment while the continuing civil unrest remains unresolved.

Key telecom parameters – 2012; 2014

Sector
2012
2014
Subscribers to telecoms services (million):
Fixed Broadband
0.1
0.2
Fixed-line telephony
1.8
1.9
Mobile phone
26.7
34.8

(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 2018; 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 Satellite broadband
    • 7.4 Wireless broadband
      • 7.4.1 CDMA
      • 7.4.2 WiMAX
  • 8. Digital economy/digital media
    • 8.1 Overview
    • 8.2 e-education
    • 8.3 e-health/m-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
      • 10.4.5 3G developments
    • 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 Messaging
      • 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 – 2014
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2014
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2014
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2014
  • 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 - 2013
  • 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 – mid 2014
  • Table 19 – Asiacell ARPU – 2010 – Q2 2014
  • 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 - 2013

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