Zain launches virtual 5G-ready mobile network in Iraq

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Zain has launched a virtual 5G-ready network in Iraq, under the name Oodi, with US-based digital commerce company Matrixx Software.

Zain, based in Kuwait, says that Oodi uses out-of-the-box software capabilities to provide Iraqi customers with complete flexibility, transparency and ease-of-use.

Ali Al-Zahid, CEO of Zain Iraq, said: “Our number one priority is to provide our customers with the best and most advanced services.”

According to Google Translate, “oodi” means “friendly”. Al-Zahid added: “Delivering upon those promises requires forging partnerships with forward-thinking companies that can make the future of mobile services and customer experience a reality.”

Zain said customers can create their own plan, and can see account balances, services and spending using the software.

According to Oodi’s website, customers can buy a boosters, get add-ons or send credit and data to other Oodi customers using the Oodi app. SIM cards are delivered direct to customers.

Rates start from the equivalent of US$10.25 a month (15,000 Iraqi dinars) for 5GB of data, 100 minutes of voice calls and 200 text messages. Customers paying double that get 15GB and 500 minutes of calls.

Matrixx CEO Glo Gordon said: “Oodi’s vision of flexibility, transparency and ease-of-use for their customers is a driving force behind our product-first solution. The future of telecom is digital experience.”