CRA: 70m Ira­ni­ans us­ing high-speed mo­bile In­ter­net

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

The num­ber of Ira­ni­ans with ac­cess to high-speed mo­bile In­ter­net ser­vices has in­creased ex­po­nen­tially over the past seven years to reach a to­tal of 70 mil­lion, said the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (CRA).

IRNA cited fig­ures by CRA as say­ing that cov­er­age of third and fourth gen­er­a­tion of mo­bile In­ter­net had in­creased from 12 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion in 2013 to nearly 83 per­cent this year.

It said the to­tal num­ber of 3G and 4G SIM cards owned by Ira­ni­ans had ex­ceeded 100 mil­lion, adding that around 70 mil­lion are cur­rently us­ing the high-speed ser­vices on an ac­tive ba­sis.

The to­tal num­ber of mo­bile phone sub­scribers in Iran, a coun­try of nearly 85 mil­lion, is cur­rently around 120 mil­lion, said the re­port.

Fast In­ter­net is cur­rently ac­ces­si­ble across 83 per­cent of Iran’s roads and rail­ways, said the re­port, adding that the fig­ure was al­most zero in 2006 ac­cord­ing to CRA fig­ures.

The re­port said, how­ever, that in­creased cov­er­age of mo­bile In­ter­net in Iran had come at the ex­pense of re­duced ac­cess to fast broad­band.

The fig­ures showed that us­ing fast broad­band had de­clined to cover only 10 per­cent of users in Iran this year, down from 42 mil­lion users or 53 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion in 2017.

In­creased use of high-speed mo­bile In­ter­net in Iran has come de­spite re­stric­tions im­posed on the coun­try’s ac­cess to equip­ment and tech­nolo­gies needed to ex­pand the com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices sec­tor.

The re­stric­tions, im­posed by the United States, have mainly tar­geted for­eign com­pa­nies de­liv­er­ing key equip­ment and ex­per­tise to Iran.

Iran is plan­ning to in­tro­duce ul­tra­fast ser­vices of the fifth gen­er­a­tion of In­ter­net, known as 5G, in the cur­rent cal­en­dar year end­ing March 2021.

IRNA

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