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Old March 1st, 2011, 09:30 PM   #21
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IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is supporting economic growth and expanded access to telecommunications services in Iraq through a landmark $400m, seven-year debt facility for Zain Iraq, the country's largest mobile phone operator. Zain Iraq is a subsidiary of Kuwait-based telecommunications operator Zain Group, a longtime IFC partner. Zain is the pioneer in delivering high-quality and innovative communications services across the Middle East.Over the last four months, with the support of Zain Iraq, IFC mobilized the $400m debt facility, which consists of an IFC (A) loan of $155m, a $50m (B) loan committed by Ahli United Bank, and four syndicated parallel loans totaling $195m by Proparco, Infrastructure Crisis Facility, DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, and FMO (Netherlands Development Finance Co).

The long-term debt facility will help Zain Iraq expand service coverage and improve telecommunications quality throughout Iraq, help unlock opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation, and increase employment in a key, industry which has enormous multiplier effect across many other industries.

Zain Group CEO, Nabeel Bin Salamah, said, "This debt facility is an enormous vote of confidence by the IFC and the international financial community in Zain Iraq's performance to date and its future expansion plans in a diverse and promising economy. The financing comes at a vital stage of the mobile operations business growth cycle as it expands to serve a relatively low-penetrated, yet high-potential mobile market."

Dimitris Tsitsiragos, IFC Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Europe, said, "For conflict-affected countries such as Iraq, where the movement of people and goods is complicated, access to reliable, high-quality voice and data services is key for economic activity and for personal and family safety. This facility demonstrates IFC's commitment to supporting economic integration by facilitating cross-border investments within the region."

IFC brought together the commercial bank syndication market and the development finance community to provide access to different sources of financing for Zain Iraq and to help promote the development of a syndicated loan market in Iraq.

Zain Iraq provides a multitude of mobile voice and data services to 12 million customers, representing over 50% of the country's mobile phone market.

IFC's other investments in Iraq-based and MENA firms undertaking projects in Iraq total $173m, and include equity stakes in two banks and a cement producer, as well as loans for port and hotel construction.
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Iraq’s Asiacell Grows Revenues by 26%

02 March 2011.

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has announced significant growth last year in its Iraqi Asiacell operations.

Following on from the strong subscriber growth achieved in 2009, Asiacell has continued to increase its subscriber base this year leveraging its country-wide network.

Asiacell’s total subscriber base at 31 December 2010 stood at 8.1 million (FY 2009: 7.4 million). At the same time, Asiacell has delivered a number of significant enhancements this year to both its infrastructure and its service line.

These efforts combined have resulted in Asiacell delivering revenue growth in 2010 of more than 26.4% to QR5.1bn (FY 2009: QR4.0bn). EBITDA also increased, growing 21.2% year-on-year to end 2010 at QR2.6bn (FY 2009: QR2.2bn), a significant achievement in what remains a challenging and competitive marketplace
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Kufa University Signs Broadband Agreement With Omnnea in Iraq
BAGHDAD, IRAQ--(Marketwire - March 7, 2011) - In a move to enrich Kufa University's educational and research activities, Kufa University president Dr. Abdul Razzak Al-Issa signed a broadband service agreement with Omnnea. The broadband service will be used to allow both Kufa University faculty and students to conduct research, hold video conferencing and to utilize e-learning curriculum. Dr. Al-Issa stated, "One of our main reasons for selecting Omnnea for this contract is its strong presence in Iraq which means for us that technical support can be provided in a prompt and effective manner." Dr. Faisal Fadul, Omnnea's CEO, stated, "Kufa University will enjoy with its LAN based value added services such as an online library which holds thousands of books, an online directory, multiple television streams, and online video on demand with access to training and educational videos at no cost to the University."
About Kufa University - Kufa University was founded in December 1987 in Najaf Province, Iraq. Kufa University is the largest accredited university in Iraq with 12 colleges including the schools of jurisprudence, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, engineering, science, agriculture, law, administration and economy. Kufa University offers a broad variety of MSC and PHD programs. For more information on Kufa University, please visit www.kuiraq.com.
About Omnnea Wireless - Omnnea Wireless is a privately held operator in Iraq. It is currently providing wireless voice, internet and data services throughout Iraq. Omnnea is currently engaged in wireless telecommunications integration and services, research & development based security services and information technology. Headquartered in Babylon Province, the firm has additional offices in Najaf, Basra, and Baghdad, as well as a satellite office in Herndon, Virginia. Omnnea has been operating in Iraq since 2004 and prides itself on its efforts in promoting corporate ethics and social responsibility. For more information on Omnnea Wireless, please visit www.omnnea.com or contact info@omnnea.com.
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the zain licencing saga continues...

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Zain Iraq could lose some 5 million mobile subscribers after Iraq's telecoms regulator, the Communications and Media Commission (CMC), ordered all of the country's operators to stop interconnections with "unlicensed lines".

In January, the CMC accused Zain Iraq of using 5 million sim cards without regulatory approval. The regulator handed Zain Iraq a $262 million fine, to be paid by April 11.

In a letter sent to all of Iraq's telecom operators on February 17, the CMC stressed that no company had the right to activate or market any new line without the commission's prior consent. It also requested that all telecom companies cease interconnections with unlicensed lines or face legal action.

Zain's problems escalated today with an announcement from its main rival Asiacell, which said that it had already disconnected its "frame relay" with "several million" Zain Iraq lines that are alleged to be unlicenced.

"The CMC stressed that neither Zain nor any other company may activate or market any new line without the commission's prior consent," Asiacell said in a statement.

"The CMC also requested that all telecom companies immediately discontinue their interconnection with unlicensed lines under threat of litigation. Based on these directives, Asiacell has disconnected these lines to avoid legal ramifications."

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Asiacell added that it also "retained the right" to demand compensation from Zain Iraq. It said that Zain Iraq had damaged Asiacell's market position by distributing "millions" of unlicenced sims.

Zain Iraq responded to Asiacell's announcement by saying that it "regretted" its rival's decision to stop interconnections with the disputed sim cards.

Zain added that its legal team was preparing "formal challenges" to the CMC ruling and the $262 million fine.

"We however remain very confident of our legal position and hope that this matter will be resolved amicably soon, so that all Iraqi citizens and customers of both mobile operators be reconnected," the statement said.

Zain Iraq and Asiacell, which have market shares of about 54% and 36% respectively, compete with third mobile operator, Korek. At the end of 2010, Iraq's mobile penetration rate was estimated to be about 73%, according to Delta Partners, a Dubai-based consultancy and research firm.
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Etisalat Has Not Ruled Out Iraq Expansion

28 March 2011.

UAE telecom Etisalat has not ruled out expansion into Iraq after dropping its $12bn bid for a chunk of Kuwait’s Zain that would have given it access to the market, a senior executive said, according to a report from Arabian Business.

“We are looking at all opportunities,” said Ahmed Bin Ali, group senior vice president of corporate communications. “If we think it is worth it we are on the same speed of expansion whenever there is a chance to do so.”

Etisalat, which is majority-owned by the government, is pushing to expand its overseas operations to offset declining revenues in the UAE, where it no longer holds a monopoly.

A successful bid for 46 percent of Zain would have given Etisalat access to new markets including Jordan, Morocco and Iraq.

Iraq is planning to raise $2bn when it sells the country’s fourth mobile telecoms licence. Etisalat, alongside US-based Verizon Communications, South Africa’s MTN and Turkcell in Turkey, are rumoured to be interested in bidding.

Mobile penetration rates in Iraq top 70 percent. The country’s two largest operators, Zain and Asiacell, have more than 12 million and 8.13 million subscribers respectively.
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Zain Jordan links optical fibers line to Iraq

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Dr. Abdulmalek Al-Jaber, CEO of Zain Jordan, part of Kuwait's Zain Group, has announced the full hook-up of its network to neighbouring Iraq via an optical fibre cable, Kuna has reported. The network has been linked to the network of the Iraqi telecommunication corporation through the optical fibers cable that ends in Baghdad, he said. "The hook-up enables the company to enter the Iraqi market and offer internet services with higher speed and broad band solutions that meet the needs of our customers there," he said.
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(Reuters) - Iraqi telecom operator Kalimat plans to launch an initial public offering (IPO) next year and to invest $250 million in 2011, aiming to triple its subscriber base in the war-torn country, its top executive said.

Wilson Varghese, Kalimat chief executive, said the planned IPO should help the company expand as it eyes a nationwide rollout of services by the end of this year.

"The main growth driver for us will be the roll-out across the country and (the provision of) ... value added services that will increase our subscriber base," he told Reuters on the sidelines of a telecoms conference in Abu Dhabi.

Kalimat, majority owned by Kuwait's royal family and which operates in six major Iraqi cities, plans to provide mobile, fixed and data services throughout the country by November this year. Its subscriber base of 300,000 would more than triple by the end of 2011, Varghese said.

As it expands coverage, Kalimat expects subscribers to grow to 3 million by the end of 2012, he said. Penetration rates in 3G are around 24 percent with more potential to tap, he said.

Iraq, with a population of 29 million, has three licensed players in the 3G and 4G market where Kalimat operates. There are three 2G operators.

Kalimat plans to go public before end of 2012, having delayed an IPO which had been scheduled for this year. "It is part of our exit strategy," he said, but declined to give more details on the planned offering.

Although stability has been restored in Iraq, telecom operators continue to face challenges. "It is primarily from the political side, because Iraq does not understand the private sector running this industry. It is hard for us to gain recognition," he said.
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Zain Iraq has chosen Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) Siemens Networks to build a base for better service differentiation.
The operator is unifying its subscriber data, currently distributed across the network, into a single database using the Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) Siemens Networks One-NDS platform. One-NDS enables real-time data access across multiple applications.
Ersin Durmat, the head of Zain Iraq customer team at Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) Siemens Networks said that, “The extent to which the network operators can enhance customer experience is proving to be the emerging key market differentiator. This project provides Zain with the foundation to understand their customer needs, improve end-user experience along with operational efficiency.”
Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) company shares are currently standing at 8.86.
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some more details.... this is big news for the Iraqi telco industry!

Dubai, UAE April 26, 2011: Nokia Siemens Networks selected by Zain Iraq to build a base for better service differentiation
Zain Iraq, the leading mobile operator in Iraq, is unifying its subscriber data, currently distributed across the network, into a single database using the Nokia Siemens Networks One-NDS platform*. One-NDS enables real-time data access across multiple applications. It addresses Zain's need for a resilient and high capacity subscriber data repository to meet its growth targets by introducing flexibility not found in legacy database architectures.

"The rapid increase in the number of subscribers and traffic volume demands an operationally efficient subscriber data management platform said Dr. Haidar Radi, CTO of Zain Iraq. "Nokia Siemens Networks is allowing us to consolidate subscriber data, enabling us to develop real-time insights into what services are being used and our customers' needs so that we can introduce new, exciting and tailored services."

By unifying fragmented subscriber data into a single logical database, Zain Iraq expects to be able to target new services in a better manner coupled with lowering churn rates and reducing subscriber acquisition costs. Nokia Siemens Networks' open One-NDS platform allows greater reliability, availability and security of services to more than 12 million Zain Iraq subscribers. Besides simplification of service creation and reduction in costs, the centralized subscriber data system is ready for handling converged services, utilizing different kinds of mobile and fixed access methods along with LTE. The platform provides information on service availability and customer insights instantaneously across the network.

All these capabilities will be introduced with minimum impact on the existing operations and business support mechanisms. The centralized subscriber data repository will be integrated seamlessly into the Zain network through reuse of existing business processes.

"The extent to which the network operators can enhance customer experience is proving to be the emerging key market differentiator," said, Ersin Durmaz, Head of Zain Iraq Customer Team at Nokia Siemens Networks. "This project provides Zain with the foundation to understand their customer needs, improve end-user experience along with operational efficiency."

As part of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks is also expanding Zain's home location register (HLR) along with providing integration and consulting services to ensure smooth implementation as well as efficient operations.

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About Zain Iraq
Zain in Iraq first provided its services in 2004 as MTC Atheer and after the acquisition of Iraqna, both companies were rebranded to become Zain-Iraq in January 2008. Having the largest network in the country, Zain-Iraq currently prides itself to have more than 12 million customers who enjoy the securest and most affordable cellular services. Zain-Iraq has, ever since 2004, been providing a wide range of mobile telephony and various services like MMS, GPRS and recently Blackberry.

Zain Iraq contributes to the economic prosperity of Iraq by creating more than 3000 work opportunities for Iraqi citizens and more than 30000 indirect jobs. It also supported the cultural movement when it sponsored the Iraqi Symphony Orchestra. Sports, on the other side, enjoy a huge support as Zain has given its exclusive sponsorship to the Iraqi Football Federation and the Iraqi National Football Team who won the Asian Games Cup in 2006. Zain-Iraq has ever initiated support to various social segments through adopting huge philanthropic projects. Support of AMAR International Charitable Foundation headed by Baroness Emma Nicholson who undertakes medical and educational responsibilities in Iraq is a good example.
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Iraq mobile firm urges government to switch to 3G
BAGHDAD: As Iraq readies consultations over how to move its mobile telecoms industry to 3G technology, its biggest operator has called for the government to move quicker to the latest wireless standards.
While the communications minister has said no decision has been made on how to move the country from older 2G mobile phone technology, the chief of the Iraqi arm of Kuwaiti firm Zain called for all of the country's operators to be awarded 3G, or third generation, licenses immediately.

"It's in their interests, it's in the country's interests, in the people's interests, in the government's interests, in the operators' interests, to give us 3G immediately, without any hesitation," Emad Makiya, chief executive of Zain Iraq said.

"Let the operators go and innovate, and offer a good service."

From 2G to 3G

Older 2G technology allows mobile phones to make and receive calls and text messages and browse basic websites, while 3G dramatically increases the capacity, or bandwidth, of a network, allowing users to browse more complicated websites at a faster speed.

While mobile phones in much of the Western world and several countries in Asia and the Middle East largely operate on 3G technology, some countries have moved on to even faster 4G wireless standards that allow customers to download still larger files and view videos on demand, all at varying fees.

In Iraq, however, all mobile phones operate on 2G networks, with Makiya saying an upgrade to 3G would generate more money for the government as operators' incomes increased.

"In 2010, we paid about $350 million, between revenue sharing and taxes, customs and all that," said Makiya. "Imagine if we were running 3G today; we would have paid them more."

Government considering 4G standards

On April 25, Communications Minister Mohammed Tawfeeq Allawi said the government was carrying out consultations on how to upgrade to 3G, and whether or not to consider 4G standards.

Allawi said that while back-end 3G equipment was ubiquitous and easy to find, 4G technology was state-of-the-art, though equipment was more limited.

"So there are a lot of factors that should have to be taken into consideration," he said after a speech to businessmen in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.

"So we haven't decided for the moment. We want to take the right decision."

However, Makiya implored the government to decide quickly: "Everything (in Iraq) is 2G, while all neighbouring countries operate in 3G and some countries are already investing in 4G."

"What are we waiting for? To become obsolete in 3G? This is really bad."

With 3G-capable phones able to handle data and applications, popularised first by Apple's iPhone and increasingly in use by a wider variety of so-called "smart phones," operators are able to charge for a wider array of services than simply calls and text messages.

Growth areas

Asked what he envisioned as growth areas once Zain Iraq eventually moved to 3G services, Makiya replied: "Data. Data. There will be huge access to data."

"Once you have 3G available, with massive speed, things are going to get better. Data is the way to go.

"If you go to the United States today, everything is done through your mobile phone. All the applications, things are going to be driven through this."

He noted, however, that Zain was only willing to pay "a few million dollars right now" for licensing to provide 3G services, arguing that the technology was "entering into an obsolete phase right now ... so we don't think it's worth that much."

"We don't think it's worth hundreds of millions of dollars. We think it's way below that."

Mobile phone penetration

Mobile phone penetration in Iraq is currently around 70%, shared among three operators.

Zain Iraq says it is the industry leader, with an estimated 12 million subscribers, while Asiacell and Korek are second and third.

But customers have long complained of poor service, primarily low call quality, with the networks having been fined by the Iraqi government in 2009.

A small group of Zain's own customers have also threatened a one-day boycott of the network later this month to protest, organising through Facebook groups, as well as web message boards and e-mail chains.

Makiya insisted that Zain follows international standards for call quality, and said the number of complaints had fallen off dramatically in recent years. He described the proportion of those voicing concern today as "a fraction" of his firm's total subscriber base.

"I'm not trying to brag about our team here. We've done remarkable changes as far as the networks," he said.

"We've made some changes in the coverage quality, and the perception has changed."

Source: AFP
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Diwaniya Council to Close Zain Offices in Protest

According to a report from Iraq’s National Media Centre, the provincial government in Diwaniya will close the regional offices of mobile phone operator Zain Telecom on Saturday, in solidarity with the campaign to boycott the company to pressure it to improve its services.

The Chairman of the council’s Committee on Transport and Communications complained about poor service from the company, adding that he will address the Communications and Media Authority to inform them of the demands of the boycotters regarding quality of service.
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Zain Iraq Planning Stock Market Launch

Posted on 20 June 2011.

Zain‘s Iraq subsidiary is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) on the Iraq Stock Exchange that will raise an estimated $80 million [96 billion Iraqi dinars] for a 20% stake, the Kuwait Arabic daily al-Qabas reports.

As a condition of its operating licence, the company is required to list its shares on the Iraqi stock exchange within four years of receiving the license. Under that condition, the listing will have to take place by August.

“We are working on this process. The process for the listing is long. We hope that we can meet the deadline,” Emad Makiya, CEO of Zain Iraq, told Reuters. “This is a part of the licence requirement and we’re going to fulfil it.”

“Officials in Iraq will be informed about Zain’s readiness and (the firm will) enquire whether or not the current time is appropriate for the economy,” said Kuwait Arabic daily al-Qabas.

Zain Iraq recently raised US$400 million in a 7-year debt facility to help fund its network expansion in the country.

Zain Iraq provides a multitude of mobile voice and data services to 12 million customers, representing over 50 percent of the country’s mobile phone market.
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New Iraqi Mobile Phone Licences Expected Next Week

Posted on 17 August 2011.

The Iraqi Communications Ministry announced on Tuesday that it will launch the fourth round of licensing for mobile phone companies next week.

According to the report from AKnews, the licences will be granted next week but any agreements will have to be confirmed by the cabinet.

A statement from Communications Minister, Mohammed Allawi, said that the ministry will only grant licences to companies that will actually offer better services for customers and improve the technological infrasctructure.

There have been issues surrounding the licensing round due to clashes between the Communications and Media Commissio, an independent body established in June 2004, and the ministry. An unclear delineation of the legal powers of the two bodies has led to confusion and conflict.
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The Iraqi Communications Ministry announced on Tuesday that it will launch the fourth round of licensing for mobile phone companies next week.

According to the report from AKnews, the licences will be granted next week but any agreements will have to be confirmed by the cabinet.

A statement from Communications Minister, Mohammed Allawi, said that the ministry will only grant licences to companies that will actually offer better services for customers and improve the technological infrasctructure.

There have been issues surrounding the licensing round due to clashes between the Communications and Media Commissio, an independent body established in June 2004, and the ministry. An unclear delineation of the legal powers of the two bodies has led to confusion and conflict.

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Asiacell steps up Service with HP Solution

Posted on 18 September 2011.

Mobile telecom operator Asiacell has streamlined its business processes to improve services to its 8 million subscribers across Iraq with a business service management solution from HP.

HP Business Service Management software gives Asiacell’s IT team full visibility of the company’s IT infrastructure, applications and services as a single integrated platform that can be tracked, managed and controlled more efficiently, a statement said.

Tool consolidation and the automation of previously manual tasks have boosted productivity while cutting operational expense. Intelligent monitoring capabilities expedite problem diagnosis and resolution to keep Asiacell’s operations running without disruption to services, ensuring customer satisfaction, according to the statement.

“Phase 1 of Asiacell’s project to build an enterprise-class management and monitoring system, starting with the IT department, has been100 per cent successful,” said Muhammad Tawfiq, senior IT manager of Asiacell.

“HP Business Service Management software has improved our ability to respond to market changes and provide better quality services.”

“Using HP Software will help ensure that Asiacell experiences no disruptions in customer service as they adapt and evolve with market changes,” said Karim Cheikh Ali, software country manager, HP Kuwait & Iraq.

“Customer satisfaction and superior service is a must in Asiacell’s business, and HP Software will be a key solution to help them pave the way for their flexible expansion in the future,” he added.
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Iraqi Telecom Company Finally Set for IPO
9/30/2011


It took a bit longer than expected, but Zain Iraq is going public. The telecom company has begun the process that will lead to the floatation of 25 percent of its shares on the Iraq Stock Exchange. According to a company statement picked up by Global Telecom Business, Zain Iraq ‘would like to mention that it has finished a lap in the process of changing into a shareholder company. It will inform the citizens through the available media means on the dates of the public offering and its conditions.’

Zain Iraq is going public because it’s business license depends on it. The company is required to go public in exchange for receiving a 15-year national mobile license for $1.25 bn.
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Ericsson to Modernise and Expand Korek's Iraqi Mobile Network
October 12 2011


One of the fastest growing telecoms operators in Iraq has commissioned Ericsson to modernise and expand its network, with a quality improvement and network expansion project.

The agreement between Korek and Ericsson will enhance Korek’s Iraqi mobile network, with Ericsson developing the network for 3G and LTE and installing and integrating new radio based stations across Iraq, providing greater performance and a higher quality of service while further developing Iraq’s telecoms infrastructure.

Both Korek and Ericsson will take part at the CWC Iraq Telecoms 2011 conference, the largest gathering of its kind. Taking place from the 25-27 October at The Ritz Carlton, Istanbul Iraq Telecoms 2011 will provide a gateway for major opportunities in telecommunications and IT industries in Iraq.

H.E. Mohammed Tawfik Allawi will address the conference on the morning of the 26 October and will discuss “the role of telecommunications as a major driver for the Iraqi economy”. This year’s agenda will highlight new infrastructure projects for international investors, the role of new technologies in Iraq combined with huge plans to re build Iraq’s telecommunications and IT infrastructure.

Iraq Telecoms 2011 presents an important opportunity for the industry to join major companies operating within the Iraqi telecommunications and IT industry, sponsors to date include: Asiacell, CDN, Zain , Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei, O3b Networks, Korek, Arabsat, DragonWave , Ericsson, Silkroad Group, Zhone, Eutelsat, PCCW Global, Technology Partners, Kalimat, Alcatel Lucent, Yahsat, SES and Talia.
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I read somewhere today that Asiacell is going for an IPO too !
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Old November 11th, 2011, 10:56 AM   #39
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China’s Huawei Wins Najaf Phone Contract

Posted on 11 November 2011.

AKnews reports that Chinese company Huawei has won the contract to extend landline phone services to Najaf province,

Mohammed Ayed al-Moussawi, chairman of the provincial council’s services commission, said the service will be world-class and the project will cost $40 million [48 billion Iraqi dinars].

The Ministry of Communications announced in January that two million landlines would be extended north during next March after the import of sophisticated next generation network (NGN) ground switches. NGN technology enables multiple uses of a network’s hardware, allowing for internet alongside telephone calls.

“The network will provide citizens with the best telephone services, which also include Internet services, cable television, and fax,” said al-Moussawi.

The northern neighborhoods at the center of Najaf have been suffering a shortage of landline telephone services since the eighties, exacerbated by the 2003 war.

The Iraqi Communications Ministry also announced it plans to reduce phone bills by 80%; citizens had reduced use of landline phones because of the high cost of calls.
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Iraqi Telecommunications and Posts Company signs International Traffic Marketing
January 3 2012



Iraqi Telecommunications and Posts Company signs International Traffic Marketing Management and Anti-Fraud Platform Agreement with Vanrise Solutions.

In order to improve the quality of telecom services provided in Iraq, the Iraqi Telecommunications and Posts Company (ITPC) has sought to find the right partner to market its international traffic outside Iraq and to detect and eliminate fraud originating from and terminating into Iraq.

And following a rigorous selection process among the leading telecom solutions providers, Vanrise Solutions and ITPC, have signed an International Traffic Marketing Management and Anti-Fraud Platform Agreement.

Under the five-year agreement, Vanrise will become ITPC's main channel for International Direct Dial (IDD), SMS and MMS traffic into and out of Iraq. In addition, Vanrise will provide its advanced T.One solution for managing quality, routing and fraudulent use of the network and other tools required for this business segment. Furthermore, Vanrise will be responsible for managing relationships with International Carriers to terminate IDD traffic to and from Iraq.

"Vanrise Solutions is a leading provider of advanced routing, quality management, fraud control and billing solution in the Region for international wholesale voice business, and they were the best fit in terms of technology and know-how making them an ideal partner to help us achieve our business goals", said Mr. Saleh Hassan Ali Director General ITPC.

"We look forward to working closely with Vanrise", he added.

Mr. Khalil Yehia, Chairman of the Board of Vanrise Solutions, concluded the project kickoff meeting with ITPC saying: "We are proud to become ITPC's partner in this first of a kind venture in Middle East region. The Marketing Agreement will provide for improved quality of IDD calling to local Iraqi population and offer ITPC monitoring capabilities to manage the quality and fraudulent use of their telecommunications network. Our teams are very eager to start working with ITPC and forging a long term relationship."

Within the terms of this unique partnership, Vanrise Solutions would not only be providing its exceptional software solution, but would also be deploying its teams and equipment in Iraq, being present on the ground to put together all the required infrastructure for fraud management, routing, wholesale billing systems and Quality of Service to facilitate all the processes involved.
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