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Iraqi mobile use

Iraq is an Asian country. While LIRNEasia is unable at this time to work in Iraq, our hearts are with the people of Iraq as they use ICTs to cope with the crazy murderousness of their world.

A excerpt from today’s New York Times story:
“Your call cannot be completed,” it says, “because the subscriber has been bombed or kidnapped.”

Cellphones have long been considered status symbols in developing countries, Iraq included. But in an environment where hanging out is potentially life threatening, cellphones are also a window into dreams and terrors, the macabre local sense of humor and Iraqis’ resilience amid the swells of violence.

The business here is booming. According to figures published last month by the State Department, there are now 7.1 million cellphone subscribers in Iraq, up from 1.4 million two years ago. In an economy where jobs can be as scarce as rain, billboards for phones are among the only advertisements updated regularly in the capital.

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2 Comments to Iraqi mobile use

  1. samarajiva's Gravatar samarajiva
    August 10, 2006 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Comment from Bill Melody

    Interesting commentary on communication demand under difficult circumstances. Tough way to promote ICT development, but it may have implications for other ccircumstances. Interesting Q is whether it is more likely to help the bad or the good guys more and promote war or peace. Bill

  2. Abu Saeed Khan's Gravatar Abu Saeed Khan
    August 13, 2006 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    People makes phone calls to convey either good news or bad news. The Iraqi people use mobile phones to share bad news and anxieties. It generates traffic and traffic generates revenue. Let’s take look at the financial results of Orascom Group and a closer look at Iraqna. http://www.orascomtelecom.com/investorrelations/EarningRelease.aspx

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