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Iran's Telecoms Statistics Released

Iran's Telecoms Statistics Released Iran's Telecoms Statistics Released

Iran’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has published statistics regarding telecoms infrastructure and subscriptions.

The new report indicates significant growth both in the country’s telecoms infrastructure and expansion of services for the period ending Sept. 21, reported CITNA.

According to the report, the landline penetration rate witnessed an increase of less than 1% and comprised 38.22% of the total population.

The Telecommunications Company of Iran reported that it has more than 30 million active subscribers. The company sold nearly 37 million registered numbers during the past 12-month period.

 Landline and Mobile Phones

The ministry reported that 55,305 villages across the country have access to landlines.

Also, 24,205 villages have access to high-speed Internet, which indicate a 32% jump in the number of villages online in the current Iranian year (starting March 20).

The mobile penetration rate also observed a 1.3% rise from June 20 to September 21, reaching 98.9% of the total population.

More than 150 million SIM cards were sold, of which only 78.8 million are currently active.

The leading operator in Iran with the largest share of the market and a 57.25% penetration rate, Mobile Telecommunications Company of Iran (Hamrah-e-Avval or MCI), recorded a 1.23% increase in the number of subscribers and has 45.6 million active customers, according to the stats released by CITNA.

Irancell is the second largest group with 31.2 million subscribers and a 39.19% penetration rate. It observed a 0.35% rise in its number of subscribers in the first seven months of the year.

While the two largest mobile operators of Iran have been striving to earn a bigger share of the Iranian mobile telecoms market by offering new services and payment schemes, RighTel has given ground to its rivals and lost 0.27% of its subscribers.

RighTel was the first 3G mobile operator in the country but its monopoly ended when the ministry granted all operators third generation licenses in 2014. The company currently has 1.9 million active subscribers and is believed to be in talks with a foreign firm to boost its overall market share against the two largest players.

Data concerning Taliya, Iran’s original second network, was not published in this report.

 Telecoms Infrastructure

Available IP addresses stayed at a fixed 4000 gigabits per second, Iran’s international Internet bandwidth share reached 79 Gbps from June 20 to September 21 and currently stands at 643 Gbps. In laymen terms, the overall space for expansion remains reasonable.

International Internet bandwidth is the contracted capacity of connections between countries for transmitting Internet traffic.

Although almost all sections of Iran’s information network have observed improvements, latency has increased to 1.8 milliseconds and is currently 11.92 ms, the report adds.

Latency refers to a delay in packet delivery and packet loss is the failure of one or more transmitted packets to arrive at their destination. These can cause noticeable effects in all types of digital communications.


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