Reconnecting Iraq

May 2004
Middle East;May2004, Issue 345, p45
In Iraq, progress is being made on several fronts, including in the fixed line sector, where 55% of land lines were damaged by the end of the war because of a combination of war damage, looting and years of underinvestment. For instance, Lucent Technologies completed work on its $25m contract to reconstruct Baghdad's fixed line system in March 2004. However, most publicity has been given to the award of three GSM licences to provide services to the country over the next two years. The contract to provide services to northern Iraq was awarded to Asia Cell, a company owned by a range of interests, including Kuwaiti company National Mobile Telecommunications and United Gulf Bank of Bahrain.


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