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Telecommunication in Iraq

Compared to the United States, Iraq is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +964, there were a total of 40.18 million connections in 2020. Among them were 37.48 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.93 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

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 20.01 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Iraq ranked 122nd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 18.81 Mbit/second (83rd place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Iraq comes 54th with a download speed of 33.95 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 15 Mbit was enough for 15th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 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 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerIraq is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 60% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 16% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Iraq
Total
Iraq
percent
USA
Total
USA
percent
Broadband users6.25 m15.55 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines2.70 m6.71 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars37.48 m93.17 %351.48 m106.03 %

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