The Erbil Police call center depends on the landlines, receiving up to 5,000 calls per day. Photo: Rudaw TV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq has lifted its ban on Kurdistan Region’s landlines, a government official told Rudaw on Wednesday.
“Today I received a letter from Baghdad regarding reconnection of communication networks to landlines in Kurdistan Region,” said Omed Mohammed Salih, spokesperson for the KRG’s Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Federal authorities have decided to reconnect the Asia, Zain, and Korek networks to the Region’s landlines, Salih explained, adding that he received the notice via messaging service Viber.
Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC) cut the landline connection last month.
First responders and emergency services were alarmed
by the decision to cut the communication service, saying it would put lives and security at risk.
Salih explained that he led a ministerial delegation to Baghdad were they met with the CMC and “reached a result. They requested some documents and we submitted them.”
Iraqi government imposed a number of measures against the Kurdistan Region in an effort to exert federal control over the autonomous region in the wake Kurdistan’s vote for independence last fall.