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Zain targets January launch for 3G

11 Nov 2014

Kuwaiti-backed cellco Zain Iraq has announced that it aims to launch 3G services by January 2015. The cellco confirmed that it has paid the government its first instalment of USD76.75 million for its authorisation to use 2100MHz frequencies for 3G services; the remaining USD230.25 million will be paid over the next 18 months. Meanwhile, the operator added that it had already commissioned Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Networks to upgrade its network with single-RAN technology in anticipation of the 3G spectrum award, allowing it to quickly roll out 3G services across the country. Zain Group CEO Scott Gegenheimer commented on the development: ‘We have already invested heavily in making the network 3G-ready and our target is to be commercially operational by January 2015, allowing Iraqi customers to enjoy and benefit from widespread 3G coverage. We commend the CMC [Communications and Media Commission] on its transparent and constructive attitude towards our discussions during the licence process and I am confident that the launch of 3G services will positively impact Iraq’s domestic output and economic prosperity on many levels.’

Iraq, Zain Iraq

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