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Zain hails commercial launch of services in Kurdistan

28 Mar 2011

Kuwait-based telecoms operator Zain has announced that its Iraqi subsidiary has expanded its voice and data services to the Kurdistan region. The expansion is the first phase of the company’s plan to cover all areas in the northern provinces of Iraq; the second phase will see coverage extended to remote villages and roads in the north, leading to complete coverage of the country. Zain will now also include Kurdish alongside Arabic and English as its local languages. ‘The coverage of Kurdistan will not only be welcomed by the local population, it will play key role in spurring business and accelerate the pace of construction and reconstruction,’ commented Emad Makiya, CEO of Zain Iraq, adding: ‘Only the oil industry has invested more in the region and this surely must demonstrate our commitment to playing a key role in the rehabilitation of this great nation.’

In an interview with Reuters earlier this year, Zain Iraq’s chief executive Emad Makiya said the firm expects to sign up between 15,000 and 18,000 new cellular users a month after commencing services in Kurdistan. Makiya said that total subscribers for 2011 are expected to increase by around one million from the roughly twelve million users reported at 31 December 2010. The company also plans to launch of 3G services in Iraq, following regulatory approval.

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