For information on Iraq Telecommunications contact details, please see the following link: 4.11 Iraq Additional Services Contact List

Telecommunications throughout Iraq including international connections have been disrupted; 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 subscriber base is expected to continue increasing rapidly.

Landline services are only operational within the cities.

Domestic: 

International: 


Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

Yes

Does it allow international calls?

Yes

On average, number and length of downtime periods

N/A

Mobile phone providers (List)

  • Zain (Zain Iraq is the largest mobile operator in Iraq by subscribers, which amount to 13.8 million as of the end of 2018)
  • Korek Telecom 
  • AsiaCell

Estimated availability and coverage
(Approximate percentage of national coverage)

95%


Telecommunications Regulation

Note: Up to 97% of homes have a satellite dish and there are more than 30 Iraq-facing satellite networks.

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 Telecommunications

Frequency Licenses Required

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

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems


The Following UN Communication Centers (Radio Base Stations) are co-shared by UN Agencies and UNAMI (United Nations Assistance Mission Iraq):


Existing UN Telecommunications Systems

VHF frequencies

Restricted. Not for general distribution.

HF frequencies

Restricted. Not for general distribution.

Repeaters
(Locations)

Restricted. Not for general distribution.

VSAT

ETC does not use VSAT. ETC uses service provider: BETEL