• Rejecting Direct Intervention, Government Taps Education

    President Hassan Rouhani's administration has no intention to interfere in the activities of Iranian startups or impose its will on the sector since authorities are of the opinion that deregulation along with providing younger generations with proper education are the key to boosting the sector, an official with the ICT Ministry told reporters.
    The head of the ICT Ministry's Innovation Center Hamidreza Ahmadian says the decision-makers maintain that the government should refrain from over-regulating the startup ecosystem in a bid to provide the private sector with greater breathing space, local startup news blog Ecomotive reported.
    On the sidelines of a recent meeting with members of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Ahmadian said the administration has no plans to regulate the startup ecosystem, although he pointed out that some fields of business are gradually getting saturated and soon the market will balance itself out.

     Overcrowding 
    Ahmadian was talking in reference to the rapid increase of e-riding applications both in terms of usership and variety. There are over two dozen ride-hailing services in Iran with observers saying that the market is reaching saturation point.
    Among the applications are major players such as Snapp, Tap30 and Carpino along with other less known taxi services like  iTaxi, Touchsi, Cheetax, Taxi-Ma, Qonqa, netC, Aac Taxi, Atlastaxi, Zod Taxi, U-Cab, Spin Taxi, Ride Net, Pingo Taxi, Itakk, Cab30, Carzinn, Savar, Foriro, Dash-Taxi, Carma, Shetab Taxi, Dinnng, Ajancy and Spintaxi.

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Read the latest news about Iran's technology industries, from startups, mobile networks, innovative companies and e-commerce.

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  • Rejecting Direct Intervention, Government Taps Education
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    President Hassan Rouhani's administration has no intention to interfere in the activities of Iranian startups or impose its will on the sector since authorities are of the opinion that deregulation...
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    As data-sharing scandals continue to mount, a new proposal in California offers a potential...
  • Venture Capital Funds Essential to Startup Growth
    06/18/2018
    Praising venture capital funds, Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology believes that old-school means of financing are of no use to startups, as the creative and dynamic nature of such...
  • Ericsson Doubles 2023 IoT Forecast
    06/13/2018
    Ericsson has almost doubled its forecast for connected cellular Internet of Things (IoT) in 2023...
  • The startup weekend is scheduled for July.
    06/13/2018
    University of Tehran’s Virtual School of Medical Sciences is set to hold a startup weekend in late July, which is to be focused on the application of information technology to healthcare issues....
  • US Publishes Details of ZTE Settlement
    06/13/2018
    ZTE’s settlement with the US Commerce Department that would allow China’s...
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    Iran’s ICT market’s annual turnover stands at 350 trillion rials ($8.3 billion), generating 50 trillion rials ($1.19 billion) for the government in taxes and direct incomes. The figures were...
  • The price hike has turned computer devices into a luxury that many cannot afford.
    06/11/2018
    Market reports indicate a sharp spike in prices of computer devices in Iran, with business insiders saying that the recent forex fluctuations and hurdles in the way of imports are turning the goods...
  • Following eco-friendly policies, Mehmano uses packages made of biodegradable materials.
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    A domestic startup is offering food services to Tehran citizens planning parties or holding ceremonies. Firms and cultural bodies can also take advantage of the services for holding conferences....
  • Major ISP Merger in Limbo
    06/11/2018
    The merger between two of the largest local internet service providers, HiWEB and Pars Online has been called into question, as HiWEB’s director says the deal can be called off. HiWEB CEO Iman...
  • Facebook to Start Monitoring Fake News
    06/11/2018
    Facebook is looking to hire “news credibility specialists” to presumably sift through news stories to...
  • Tablet Imports Plummet in Iran
    06/09/2018
    Reports speak of a 73% slump in tablet imports following foreign currency rate fluctuations and a new crackdown on contraband tablet devices.  During the first month of the current Iranian year...
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  • Iran’s scientific community’s high-impact papers have boomed in terms of number and quality.
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    Iran has attained the top spot in the research impact factor among Muslim countries, according to the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC). Director of ISC Mohammad Javad Dehqani says...
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    06/02/2018
    Major landline service provider Telecommunication Company of Iran is planning to invest 38 trillion rials ($904.760 million) in the expansion of its Fiber to the X (FTTX) network during the current...
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  • Earth Day 2018 was celebrated on April 22, themed “End Plastic Pollution.”
    05/30/2018
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  • France, Germany Push for EU Funding for Tech Startups
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    France and Germany are pushing for an EU-wide initiative to fund innovation and research in tech startup...
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    A fledgling Iranian startup named Attarmart based in the northeastern city of Mashhad is seeking to carve out a niche for itself in Iran’s herbs and spices market. The startup’s name is a mash-up...
  • Iranian Startup Boosting Value Added Services
    05/28/2018
    Iranian startup SMS.ir has unveiled a new customer relations management platform that can assist firms with offering value-added services (VAS). Requiring a user verification code, the framework...

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