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Indigenization of Foreign Equipment Underway

Indigenization of Foreign  Equipment Underway Indigenization of Foreign  Equipment Underway

Local technological products will officially begin to replace foreign counterparts, according to a new announcement by a tech official.

Mehdi Karimi Neysani, planning and development deputy of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Company, said his company intends to use equipment made by Iranian knowledge-based companies in the country's telecom infrastructure.

The official noted that this new policy has already begun with two projects of Tajmee and Tavana, Mehr News Agency reported.  

With the Tavana project, the TIC has selected Iranian contractors and science-based companies to build "Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing" equipment or DWDM.

This project has now been handed over to TIC after the private companies set up the needed infrastructure.

For the Tajmee project, local companies have been selected to support in internal data retention and building of national data centers so as to avoid foreign companies that will be hit by OFAC-related sanctions by the US.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions.

Tajmee's main point of access was operated through the night period (12 a.m. to 3 a.m.) when people are generally not using the Internet to help the procedure move along quickly, the company said.

Two other underway projects called Tadbir (Prudence) and Omid (Hope) have been defined to attain the aims of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (ending 2016) and to prepare for the sixth plan.

The two projects aim to make the country ready for the 4-terabyte-per-second capacity to link up to the Internet and 20 terabytes in the national network called SHOMA.