The State of Telecommunications in Iraq CMC’s policy, in regard to the telecom sector, is based on a modern vision to organize the communications and broadcasting frequencies as natural resources to be invested for the benefit of the country’s economy.

Out of this policy, the main objective of the Commission is working on the development and promotion of the infrastructure of the telecommunications sector by encouraging the private sector to contribute to this vital area via adopting a competitive and just framework that would encourage investors to enter the market.

This will put the communications sector in the growth engine of the Iraqi economy, as it is hoped for this sector to become an area of the growing employment opportunities in Iraq, unlike how it was in the era of the former regime, where the field of investment in this area was completely non-existent and employment opportunities were limited to these provided by the ITPC, the sole entity entrusted to manage and regulate the communication process in Iraq. That process was conducted through traditional visions lacked the modernity and the perception of the role of the telecommunications sector in the development and promotion of national economy, whether in terms of organization, management, investment or in terms of providing employment opportunities for national cadres in this field. Preliminary statistics indicate that the communications revenues in Iraq represent now about 5% of GDP. They indicate also that the teledensity in Iraq in 2005 amounted to more than 20% compared to that of 2004, at a rate of growth exceeded 100%.

The Iraqi law governing the telecommunications sector guarantees, either directly or through its provisions, the right to CMC to grant licenses for telecommunications operations, receive fees and tariffs, and manage resources such as spectrum frequencies, right of way, international communications in addition to the activities supporting the universal access.

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