As BMI forecast in Q3 2015, the presence of IS in Iraq continues to be a major short - term challenge for mobile operators. However, in liberated cities such as Tikrit operators are beginning to report an improvement in ARPU and relatively better operating conditions. Political instability , compounded with lower oil prices , is also straining the consumer's ability to spend. Despite these challenges, we are positive on the long - term growth potential of mobile and 3G services, but remain sceptical on the substantial uptake of Mobile Financial Services, given regional trends in the Middle East and North Africa.
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The mobile market contracted by -32%% y-o-y in Q4 2015 as the security situation continues to take its toll.
Both Zain and Asiacell's revenues recovered slightly in Q4 2015. Take up of 3G services throughout 206 may help to further stabilise ARPUs over the coming quarters. The take-up of Mobile Financial Services, launched by both Zain and Asiacell may however experience challenges.
Iraq's fixed-line and broadband penetration rates remained low at 4.9% and 3.2% respectively at the end of 2015. 3G will drive access to affordable broadband connectivity over the coming years.
The Iraq Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Iraq's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.
BMI's Iraq Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Iraq.
Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Iraq to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Iraqi telecoms market.
Target business opportunities and risks in Iraq's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Iraq.
Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).
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Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.
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