Iraq Telecommunications 

For information on Iraq Telecommunications contact details, please see the following link: 

4.2.9 Iraq Additional Service Provision Contact List

the 2003 liberation of Iraq severely disrupted telecommunications throughout Iraq including international connections; widespread government efforts to rebuild domestic and international communications through fiber optic links are in progress; the mobile cellular market has expanded rapidly and its subscribership base is expected to continue increasing rapidly

mal land lines service is only operations within the cities.

domestic: repairs to switches and lines destroyed during 2003 continue; additional switching capacity is improving access; mobile-cellular service is available and centered on 3 GSM networks which are being expanded beyond their regional roots, improving country-wide connectivity; wireless local loop is available in some metropolitan areas and additional licenses have been issued with the hope of overcoming the lack of fixed-line infrastructure
international: country code - 964; satellite earth stations - 4 (2 Intelsat - 1 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean, 1 Intersputnik - Atlantic Ocean region, and 1 Arabsat (inoperative)); local microwave radio relay connects border regions to Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, and Turkey; international terrestrial fiber-optic connections have been established with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Kuwait with planned connections to Iran and Jordan; a link to the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) submarine fiber-optic cable is planned (2009)

international: country code - 964; satellite earth stations - 4 (2 Intelsat - 1 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean, 1 Intersputnik - Atlantic Ocean region, and 1 Arabsat (inoperative)); local microwave radio relay connects border regions to Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, and Turkey; international terrestrial fiber-optic connections have been established with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Kuwait with planned connections to Iran and Jordan; a link to the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) submarine fiber-optic cable is planned (2009)


Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

(Yes / No)

yes - 1.108 million (2009)

 

Does it allow international calls?

(Yes / No)

Yes

On average, number and length of downtime periods

40%

Mobile phone providers (List)

yes - 19.722 million (2009)

Estimated availability and coverage

(Approximate percentage of national coverage)

5 - 10%

Telecommunication Regulation

Controlled by Ministry of Telecommunications

Regulations

Regulations on usage or import of:

Yes / No

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes

Ministry of Telecommunications

HF Radio

Yes

Ministry of Telecommunications

UHF/VHF/HF radio: handheld, base and mobile

Yes

Ministry of Telecommunications

UHF/VHF repeaters

Yes

Ministry of Telecommunications

GPS

Yes

Ministry of Telecommunications

VSAT

Yes

Ministry of Telecommunications

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required

  •  Controlled by Ministry of Telecommunication

Frequency Licenses Required

  • To be obtained from Ministry of Telecommunication
  • Procedure: Formal application

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

Vsat