Zain, Asiacell launch 3G in Iraq

Both mobile operators are marketing their respective 3G tariff plans as '3.9G'
Asiacell launch 3G in Iraq, Zain


Zain Iraq has turned on its 3G network , making it the first cellco in the country to achieve a commercial 3G launch in the country. The development follows a series of preview announcements on the company’s Facebook page, which culminated with Zain claiming that it had performed Iraq’s first ever video call over a 3G network.

Asiacell has also announced its own 3G network switch-on, following a $1 billion cash investment, which included system modernisation and licence fees.

Faruk Mustafa Rasool, chairman at Asiacell, commented: "Iraq has been underserved for far too long, it’s time to bring 21st century wireless service to this important economic hub in the world".

In November 2014, Asiacell paid $307 million for a 2100MHz 3G licence. Both mobile operators are marketing their respective 3G tariff plans as ‘3.9G'.

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