Asiacell expands its network in Iraq

Asiacell strengthens 2G network in Iraq's biggest province

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Asiacell expands its network in Iraq Diar Ahmed, CEO, Asiacell, admitted that "many security issues" affected the network expansion.
By  Roger Field Published  June 2, 2010

Iraqi mobile operator Asiacell has expanded its network to cover Anbar, Iraq's largest province.

Diar Ahmed, CEO, Asiacell, said that the operator's network now covers 87% of the populated areas of Anbar and will reach 90% by the end of 2010.    

Asiacell, which is competing with rival operator Zain in Anbar, worked with Nokia Siemens Networks on the deployment of the 2G network.

Ahmed admitted that the company faced significant security challenges during the deployment in Anbar, which is in the West of Iraq and is home to cities including Rawah, Ubaidi, Karbalah, Husaibah, and Haditha.

"Many security issues have affected network expansion there," Ahmed told CommsMEA. "Anbar is widest governorate in Iraq, the area is about 139 km square and most of that area is desert. It shares borders with Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia which makes it imperative for Asiacell to reach to these borders."

Ahmed added that Asiacell's presence in Anbar would mainly benefit the general population. "They can enjoy using our services fully and have another option instead of having only one network to communicate," he said.

Asiacell, which competes with mobile operators Zain and Korek in Iraq, has 7.9 million subscribers and a market share of about 37%.

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