Iran to open sec­ond-largest data cen­ter over week­end: Min­is­ter

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

Iran’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy min­is­ter said a sec­ond large-scale data cen­ter meant to im­prove se­cu­rity and sus­tain­abil­ity in the cy­berspace would come on­line later this week.

Mo­ham­mad Javad Azari Jahromi said in a tweet that Iran’s first mo­bile phone op­er­a­tor MCI would launch the data cen­ter in the north­west­ern city of Tabriz on Sun­day, Press TV re­ported.

Azari Jahromi said the data cen­ter would boost sus­tain­abil­ity of the net­work in­fra­struc­ture in Iran while it will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the ca­pac­ity for cloud com­put­ing in the coun­try.

He said the launch would also im­prove the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment for in­ter­net star­tups in Iran’s Azarbai­jan, a ma­jor eth­nic re­gion bor­der­ing Turkey with a huge con­tri­bu­tion to Iran’s eco­nomic out­put.

The min­is­ter did not elab­o­rate on the size of in­vest­ment car­ried out by the MCI to launch the project. How­ever,

it will come ex­actly a month af­ter ri­val mo­bile op­er­a­tor MTN Iran­cell un­veiled Iran’s largest data cen­ter in the cap­i­tal Tehran.

Iran­cell au­thor­i­ties said at the time that the $63-mil­lion fa­cil­ity would in­crease Iran’s over­all data cen­ter ca­pac­ity by 25 per­cent.

The ex­pan­sion of in­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture in Iran comes less than a year af­ter the coun­try used its do­mes­tic on­line ser­vices to han­dle a black­out that was caused by ri­ot­ing over fuel price hikes.

The govern­ment said af­ter the black­out was lifted in De­cem­ber that the Na­tional In­for­ma­tion Net­work (NIN) had proved highly use­ful in the pro­vi­sion of key on­line ser­vices dur­ing the black­out.

Au­thor­i­ties in­sist the NIN in­fra­struc­ture should im­prove con­cur­rent with ef­forts to ex­pand the in­ter­net in Iran as the coun­try needs a re­li­able net­work to back up sen­si­tive ser­vices dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

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