Iraqi Ministry of Communications rejects licensing regulations for internet services

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Iraqi Ministry of Communications rejects licensing regulations for internet services

On Monday, the Iraqi Ministry of Communications rejected the licensing regulations issued by the National Communications and Media Commission of Iraq (NCMC) regarding Internet services, particularly those related to Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The Ministry contacted all companies offering Internet services, expressing concerns over licensing regulations for ISPs, regardless of their contracts with the General Company for Communications and Informatics.

The Ministry cited a lack of prior coordination with the General Company for Communications and Informatics in regulating prices, service quality, and implications for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services.

The Ministry drew attention to several legal, technical, and commercial challenges linked to these regulations. It clarified that the rules would not be enforceable on the Ministry and its associated entities until these issues were resolved and the regulations were amended.

The regulatory authority and licensing companies would be held responsible for any issues arising from these regulations.