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Regional Telecom launches LTE network in Iraq

Telco's chairman sees major growth opportunity for mobile broadband

The network is to cover all cities, villages and roads in the Kurdistan region.
The network is to cover all cities, villages and roads in the Kurdistan region.

Regional Telecom, an operator in Northern Iraq, has launched LTE services under the Fastlink brand.

Alcatel-Lucent deployed the network, using its end-to-end LTE solution including base stations and dedicated IP mobile backhaul.

The launch of the network, which covers all cities, villages and roads in the Kurdistan region, was announced at an event held in Erbil, the capital of North Iraq's Kurdish area. Regional Telecom confirmed that the network was launched on the 2.6 GHz spectrum, band 7. Customers will initially be able to access the network using portable modems (MiFi) and USB dongles.

Kawa Junad, chairman of Regional Telecom, said: "Industry trends as well as our own experiences make it perfectly clear that high-speed mobile broadband is the major growth opportunity for the foreseeable future, and we are excited to be able to bring this impressive capability to our customers in Iraq."