Iraq Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 22 Mar 2022 Update History

Report Pages: 117

Analyst: Sebastien De Rosbo

LTE launches in Iraq marred by legal issues

Iraq continues to face a number of political and economic challenges, though increasing civil stability has made it easier for mobile and fixed-line operators to rebuild telecom services and infrastructure damaged during the last few years. The government was minded to extend the licences held by the MNOs for an additional three years to compensate for the chaos and destruction caused between 2014 and 2017 when Islamic State held sway in many areas of the country. However, this plan was scuppered by opposition among some politicians, who asserted that the market needed more competition rather than extensions of existing licenses.

The three major MNOs are Zain Iraq, Asiacell, and Korek Telecom, which together control over 90% of the mobile market. The operators have struggled to develop LTE services, partly because of issues related to damaged infrastructure but also partly due to wrangles with the government and regulator concerning the conditions of their licences. With the availability of LTE services being very low, there is little change for 5G to be available in the short term. In the meantime, most services are still based on GSM and 3G, except in the Kurdish region where LTE is more widely available.

This BuddeComm report provides key telecoms industry information and statistics for Iraq. It provides information on existing telecoms infrastructure, the regulatory environment, fixed and mobile subscriber statistics, and information on the major operators.

Key developments:

  • Security concerns continuing to pose issues for safety of operators’ telecom infrastructure;
  • Offers are made from companies to build a satellite for Iraq, which will be used for telecom services;
  • Earthlink expands the reach of its FttP network;
  • Prepaid segment instrumental in encouraging mobile take-up by the mass market;
  • Mobile operators focused on lucrative enterprise and B2B market segments;
  • Report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2021, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of the pandemic on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

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.

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