Iraqi 3G auction likely to include fourth national operating concession

23 Sep 2013

The Iraqi authorities are believed to be close to making an announcement regarding the anticipated launch of a 3G auction in the country, which is likely to herald the introduction of a new entrant into the market, TMT Finance reports. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been advising the government on the process since February this year, and a formal tender is now said to be ‘imminent’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Iraq is currently home to three national mobile network operators: Zain, Asiacell and Korek Telecom, while the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region is also covered by Mobitel and Regional Telecom. The Kurdistan Region boasts its own independent regulator, the Ministry of Communications (MoC KRG), and its activities fall outside of the remit of the Communications and Media Commission (CMC).