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Iraq

Asia, Western Asia

Less than half of the Iraqi population have access to the Internet and online freedoms are curtailed to some extent according to Freedom House. Internet Resilience is low, well below the average for Asia, and the diversity of transit and retail Internet service providers is relatively poor. IPv6 adoption is non-existent and the Top Level Domain, .iq, is not secured. On a more positive note, adoption measures of naming and routing security validation are relatively high and Iraq is in the Top 5 for use of DNSSEC validation in Asia.

Open Internet Environment

The open Internet allows people and organizations to mix and match technologies without permission and with minimal barriers. Sustaining and growing an open Internet helps to spur innovation and keep it fit for future applications. An open Internet is an accessible Internet – it is easy to connect to the open Internet and use its services.
Internet Use
Individuals using the Internet as a percentage of the total population
79%
Regional Rank: 26
71%
Asia avg.
Internet Shutdowns
Intentional disruptions of Internet communications, making them unavailable for a specific population, location, or type of access
0
Ongoing
47
Last 12 month
Internet Resilience Score
A resilient Internet connection is one that maintains an acceptable level of service in the face of faults and challenges to normal operation
38%
Regional Rank: 39
46%
Asia avg.
Internet Freedom
Freedom on the Net measures Internet freedom in 70 countries
Transit Provider Diversity
More diversity in routes to the global Internet improves connection resilience
Poor
Retail ISP Diversity
Diversity of retail Internet providers improves resilience and user choice
Good
IXP Operator Market
A measure of the diversity and concentration of the local market for Internet Exchange Point operations
Popular Content Locality
A measure of how much locally popular web content is hosted in-country or in-region
63%
Regional Rank: 18
48%
Asia avg.

Globally Connected Infrastructure

The globally connected Internet is inclusive. It allows networks and users to interconnect without geographical restrictions. Increasing the connectivity of the Internet makes it more valuable to every participant, as a tool for communications, learning, commerce.
Networks Assigned
A measure of how many Internet networks are active here
219
607
Regional Rank: 17
Asia avg.
Addresses Assigned IPv6
A measure of how many Internet addresses are assigned here
57.6M
154.9M
Regional Rank: 12
Asia avg.
IPv6 Adoption
Enabling the Internet to support more users and more uses
0%
20%
Regional Rank: 42
Asia avg.
Internet Exchange Points
IXPs help strengthen local Internet connectivity, develop local Internet industry, improve competitiveness, and serve as a hub for technical activity
1
6
Regional Rank: 30
Asia avg.
Addresses Assigned IPv4
A measure of how many legacy addresses are assigned here
450.3k
17.6M
Regional Rank: 32
Asia avg.
Peering Networks
Peering networks help to keep Internet traffic local, provide faster connections, and improve the experience of the people relying on them
19
124
Regional Rank: 25
Asia avg.

Secure and Trustworthy Internet

A secure Internet is resistant to attacks on its infrastructure, delivering a robust service to its user community. A trustworthy Internet meets the expectations of its users by offering a resilient and reliable base for applications and services.
Naming Security Status
Adopting DNSSEC improves trustworthiness of Internet communications
.iq
DNSSEC Status Icon
Inactive
Naming Security Adoption
Top 5
A measure of how much local Internet users are protected by DNSSEC
80%
Regional Rank: 5
40%
Asia avg.
Routing Security Adoption
A measure of how much local Internet providers are checking validity of connectivity information they receive from other networks
7%
Regional Rank: 19
15%
Asia avg.
Routing Security Coverage IPv4
One measure of how much local Internet network providers are securing their infrastructure
96%
Regional Rank: 8
76%
Asia avg.
Routing Security Coverage IPv6
One measure of how much local Internet network providers are securing their infrastructure
94%
Regional Rank: 17
76%
Asia avg.

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