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Telecommunication in Iraq

Compared to the European Union, Iraq is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +964, there were a total of 40.08 m connections in 2019. Among them were 37.22 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.95 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Iraq is back. Around 49% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 12% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 26 webhosts, Iraq is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 31.06 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Iraq ranked 109th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 28.01 Mbit/second (71st place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Iraq comes 65th with a download speed of 36.85 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 17 Mbit was only enough for 26th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Iraq from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Iraq 2006 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019


Spreading in 2019Iraq
Total
Iraq
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users19.40 m49.36 %382.04 m85.43 %
Broadband users4.56 m11.60 %158.30 m35.40 %
Landlines2.86 m7.27 %165.48 m37.00 %
Mobile cellulars37.22 m94.70 %542.60 m121.33 %