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'.