Iraq has granted its three mobile operators the right to provide 3G services, reversing an earlier decision to hold a multimillion dollar auction and ending years of stalemate. The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced the approval of granting mobile companies operating in Iraq the right to use the 3G frequencies, Reuters reported. The statement did not provide further details and it was unclear when the operators - Zain Iraq, Asiacell and Korek - will receive the frequencies required for 3G. Hayder Ahmed, head of corporate communications for Zain Iraq, the country's top mobile operator by subscribers, told Reuters that the Council's decision was "a positive step for the development of the telecom industry in Iraq", but added his company had yet to be told the government's conditions for launching 3G.
Source: Telecom Paper.