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Iraq to offer new cellular licences

Iraq is this month to offer three new mobile phone licences, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

Iraq is this month to offer three new mobile phone licences, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

An auction will be held on August 16-17 with the winners announced on August 18, according to the report, which cited officials with one of the current operators.

Iraq currently has approximately nine million mobile users in total, representing a mobile penetration rate of approximately 33%.

MTC Atheer is the largest player with approximately 3.6 million subscribers to its mobile services at present.

MTC in April said it was in talks with the Iraqi government to get a long-term mobile licence. It competes on the cellular market in Iraq with Orascom-owned Iraqna and Wataniya's Asiacell.

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