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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 40.18 million connections in 2020. Among them were 37.48 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.93 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 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 20.14 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Iraq ranked 114th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 17.56 Mbit/second (84th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 44th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Iraq comes 46th with a download speed of 39.17 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 17 Mbit was enough for 14th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 2022 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 - 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
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users6.25 m15.55 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines2.70 m6.71 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars37.48 m93.17 %540.56 m120.71 %

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