Asiacell

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AsiaCell
Private
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1999
Headquarters Sulaimaniyah, Iraq
Key people
Faruk Mustafa Rasool (Managing Director)
Products Telecommunications
Website http://www.asiacell.com

AsiaCell Telecom Company (Arabic: آسياسيل‎, Central Kurdish: ئاسیاسێڵ‎) is an Iraqi telecommunications company that offers mobile phone services and Mobile Internet mainly in Iraq.[1]

History[edit]

Asiacell, the first mobile telecommunications company in Iraq, was established in the city of Sulaymaniyah in 1999.

Asiacell began its first commercial operations in 2000.

In October 2003, Asiacell was granted a two-year GSM license for the six northern provinces of Iraq, catering in the process to a wider client base who collectively shared a need for a quality mobile network. The license was extended in 2005 to cover the entirety of the Iraqi Republic. Consequently, today it is the only telecom network to provide coverage nationwide.

In August 2007, Asiacell bid and won a 15-year national license, becoming the GSM telecom operator with the largest long-term network coverage in the country. The company's breakthrough successes have naturally led to its expansion and growth, thereby quickly reaching almost 2000 employees. The famous Kurdish singer Chopy Fatah became the cultural ambassador of the company in 2008. To handle new business operations, Asiacell also simultaneously established new executive offices in Baghdad, Mosul, and other major cities in Iraq,

Today, the company caters to more than 9.1 million subscribers around the country.

On February 2, 2013, Asiacell went public offering 25% of its equity, in an IPO that was considered the largest in the MEANA region since 2008.

In April 2015, the Iraqi legend of Arabic music Kadhim Al-Saher became representative of the brand.

Products & Service[edit]

Asiacell, the first mobile telecommunications company in Kurdistan and Iraq was established in the city of Sulaymaniyah in 1999 by Kurdish businessman Faruk Rasool

Asiacell began its first commercial operations in 2000.

In October 2003, Asiacell was granted a two-year GSM license for the six northern provinces of Iraq, catering in the process to a wider client base who collectively shared a need for a quality mobile network. The license was extended in 2005 to cover the entirety of the Iraqi Republic. Consequently, today it is the only telecom network to provide coverage nationwide.

In August 2007, Asiacell bid and won a 15-year national license, becoming the GSM telecom operator with the largest long-term network coverage in the country. The company's breakthrough successes have naturally led to its expansion and growth, thereby quickly reaching almost 2000 employees. To handle new business operations, Asiacell also simultaneously established new executive offices in Baghdad, Basra, and other major cities in Iraq,

In April 2015, Kadim Al Sahir, a popular artist of Arabic music, became a representative of the brand.[2]

In February 2017, the company began offering free access to Wikipedia for its customers,[3] despite complications regarding Net Neutrality provisions.[4]

Today, the company caters to more than 13 million subscribers around the country.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.investingroup.org/publications/kurdistan/overview/telecom/ Telecom - Kurdistan Region.
  2. ^ "Kadim Al Sahir Becomes The New Face of Asiacell". RPN Lebanon. RPN Lebanon. Apr 30, 2015. Retrieved Feb 28, 2017. In a ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Asiacell, Iraq’s leading mobile communications company, unveiled the name of its new Brand Ambassador, Kadim Al Sahir. 
  3. ^ "Asiacell to offer free access to Wikipedia in Iraq". Daily Mail. Daily Mail. Feb 28, 2017. Retrieved Feb 28, 2017. The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, said Tuesday that telecoms operator Asiacell will offer free access to the website to its nearly 12 million mobile phone customers in war-torn Iraq. 
  4. ^ Fung, Brian (Nov 25, 2014). "Wikipedia's 'complicated' relationship with net neutrality". Washington Post. Washington Post. Retrieved Feb 28, 2017. This preferential treatment for Wikipedia's site helps those who can't afford to pay for pricey data — but it sets the precedent for deals that cut against the net neutrality principle. 

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