According to a report by Mehr News, recent statistics of Iran’s Ministry of Communications from June 2017 indicate that there are 30 million and 590 thousand landline phones in Iran. Until the end of spring 2017, 156 million and 11 thousand SIM cards have been assigned to Iranians, of which 83 million and 244 thousand are active.
Since 2013 which President Rouhani took office, the government has been emphasizing on the ICT developments in the country. Completing ICT infrastructure projects, expanding the country’s broadband network and provincial data centers, developing the 4G network and developing the country’s National Information Network have been some of the achievements of the current government.
Recent statistics by the Ministry of Communications show that SIM card penetration among Iranians in 2007 used to be 46.8%, while after 10 years this number has reached to 195%. Statistics also indicate that landline phone penetration has reached to 38.61% and mobile phone penetration has reached to 104.13%. Active mobile phone users have also jumped to 104% from 39.5% in 2007.
Iran’s local internet bandwidth has also seen a 200x growth since 2009. 8 years ago the country’s internet bandwidth used to be 32 gigabits per second while in the current year it has reached to 6,800 gigabits per second. International internet bandwidth in 2009 was also 6.05 gigabits per second while in June, 2017 this number reached to 995 gigabits per second.
These statistics also show that Iran’s mobile internet users have reached to 41 million and 57 thousand, while landline high speed internet users are only 10 million and 281 thousand. The country might have been slow in spreading the internet around the country in the past decades, but 3G and 4G internet were implemented pretty fast.
Now that Iran’s ICT infrastructure is being developed by a good pace, people are expecting to see fundamental changes in the government’s approach towards startups, regulations and social media. Azari Jahromi, the newly selected young minister of Iran, has already begun his work to pave the way for the new generation of startups and he is also trying to unban some social media such as Twitter, YouTube and Blogger.