Iraq Communications System


Iraq Telephones – fixed lines:

total subscriptions: 2,918,396 (2017 est.)

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 7 (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 48

Iraq Telephones – mobile cellular:

total subscriptions: 33,335,316 (2017 est.)

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 85 (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 40

Iraq Telephone system:

general assessment: the 2003 liberation of Iraq severely disrupted telecommunications throughout Iraq; widespread government efforts to rebuild domestic and international communications have slowed due to political unrest; 2018 showed signs of stability and installations of new fibre-optic cables and growth in mobile broadband subscribers; the most popular plans are pre-paid

domestic: the mobile cellular market continues to expand; 3G services offered by three major mobile operators; 4G offered by one operator in Iraqi Kurdistan Region; conflict has destroyed infrastructure in areas; 7 per 100 for fixed-line and 85 per 100 for mobile-cellular subscriptions

international: country code – 964; satellite earth stations – 4 (2 Intelsat – 1 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean, 1 Intersputnik – Atlantic Ocean region, and 1 Arabsat (inoperative)); local microwave radio relay connects border regions to Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, and Turkey; international terrestrial fiber-optic connections have been established with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan, and Iran; links to the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) and the Gulf Bridge International (GBI) submarine fiber-optic cables have been established

Broadcast media:

the number of private radio and TV stations has increased rapidly since 2003; government-owned TV and radio stations are operated by the publicly funded Iraqi Media Network; private broadcast media are mostly linked to political, ethnic, or religious groups; satellite TV is available to an estimated 70% of viewers and many of the broadcasters are based abroad; transmissions of multiple international radio broadcasters are accessible (2015)

Iraq Internet country code:


Iraq Internet users:

total: 8,098,401 (July 2016 est.)

percent of population: 21.2% (July 2016 est.)

country comparison to the world: 52

Data for Educational Purpose Only.


The World Factbook 2016-17. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2016.

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