Itisaluna prepares for Iraq launch

Baghdad-based company poised to launch fixed-line voice and data services throughout Iraq

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By  Roger Field Published  February 21, 2008

Itisaluna Abr Al Iraq, a wireless fixed voice and data operator, is planning to roll out wireless fixed-line voice and data services in Iraq. The company, which is based in Baghdad, will initially start services using CDMA2000 3G wireless technology in Baghdad and Basra in March, before expanding into other provinces during 2008.

Itisaluna's voice services will allow customers to access fixed-line services including on-network and off-network calls, international phone calls, caller identification, call waiting, call forwarding and voice mail.

Customers will also be able to subscribe for other added-value services such as SMS2TV, which will allow users to send short messages to specific television stations, and interactive voice response (IVR) which will enable subscribers to dedicate songs and participate in quizzes and competitions.

Itisaluna will also launch internet services in Baghdad and Basra based on two different speeds. Its 1X Internet service, which has a speed up to 150Kbps, is designed for students, home internet users and small businesses. The company's high speed internet EVDO, meanwhile, will offer greater speeds - up to 3.1Mbps - suitable for businesses and frequent internet frequent users who require a high-speed internet connection.

"We are proud to announce the commencing of our wireless fixed line telephone and internet services in the very near future after hard work and great effort for guaranteeing service quality to enable people to communicate with their family and friends anywhere," said a spokesperson from Itisaluna.

Customers will be able to pay for Itisaluna's services via a post-paid account or pre-paid accounts by using scratch cards priced at $5, $10, $20 and $30, the company said.

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