Mobile services roll out in Iraq

Fenn, John William
April 2004
Middle East;Apr2004, Issue 344, p42
Finally, after a lengthy period of contractual and political squabbling, mobile telephone services in Iraq commenced operations in February 2004. This follows the award of regional mobile contracts, a first for the Middle East, where national mobile licences are the norm, to three consortia in December 2003. These licences, issued by the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Ministry of Communications to mobile companies AsiaCell, Orascom Telecom Iraq Corp. and Atheer Telecom Iraq, have stipulated that services will have to commence within two months. Licences run for two years only, but licensees who complete their networks early will be allowed to expand into other regions to create competition.


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