It is the only operator to cover the north-south route from Al Nkheeb to the Rutba - Ramadi highway, and the road from Al Qa'im to Rutba, which runs parallel to the Syrian border.
All three networks cover the northeastern (Kurdistan) and eastern regions, although the GSMA maps suggest that Asiacell offers the better coverage in both areas. In the north-east, Zain and Korek both offer a lower level of service, although both offer roughly similar geograpical coverage. In the east Asiacell and Zain offer broadly similar, comprehensive coverage, whilst Korek has the smaller network.
In Syria it is MTN that is most affected, with the IS area of influence having strong network coverage, with the SyriaTel nertwork less affected, having only two areas affected. There have been no reports of IS targeting communications passing through its areas of control, and it must assumed that fibre continues to connect areas east and west of the notional corridor controlled by IS.
MTN Syria was reported to be close to concluding a deal with the Syrian government to gain a 20-year mobile phone licence, according to the Syria Report.