Report: Promising future expected for Iran’s ICT sector

FNA – The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) of Iran issued a report on the status of the high-tech production and export of innovative goods, highlighting that Iran is currently the 28th in the world in terms of high-tech output with a promising future for a high growth in the ICT sector.

According to the latest report by Communications Regulatory Authority on Iran’s economic ecosystem, the country ranks 28th in the world in high-tech production and 57th in export of innovative goods.

In this report recently published by Iran’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), the status of indicators of creative economy in Iran has been described as satisfactory and promising for a high growth in the ICT sector.

According to the report, there are 4,400 knowledge-based companies, 38 technological parks, and 167 technology development centers active in the country.

Meanwhile, Iran is ranked 44th in publication of scientific papers. In terms of quality index of knowledge and education, literacy rate has been reported at 98%, and the country’s ranking in quality of basic science and mathematics is reported at 38th.

The report also puts the number of university students currently studying in Iran at 4.8 million, and the number of higher education centers at 2,500.

Broadband penetration is 85%, 71% of which is cellular connection and the remaining 17% is Wi-Fi connections.

Earlier on Saturday, Head of Iran’s Science and Elites Committee Ahmad Faza’eli said that Iran is pioneering in scientific growth among the world states.

“Iran has had the fastest scientific growth in the world, which has been 11 times higher than the average global rate,” he added.

He added that Iran ranks first in the region and 16th in the world in production of science.

Faza’eli also noted that Iran stands among the top 11 world states in satellite-launch technology and ranks 8th in the world in orbiting satellites.

Iran has made huge progress in different sciences and technologies in recent years.

Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari announced earlier this month that Iran stood atop the nations of the region in the production of science and technology.

“Now, Iran ranks first in the region in science and technology,” Sattari said, addressing a forum on stem cells in Tehran.

He also referred to Iran’s huge progress in the field of stem cells, and said that the country had been able to take over Turkey and Israel in this field.

Sattari underscored that Iran’s progress in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine had opened a door to the development of knowledge-based economy.

Also, in June, Sattari underlined that Iran’s international ranking in science production had risen from 34th to 16th.

“Iran ranks first in West Asia in terms of science output with the number of its college students rising to 4.8 million from 2.4 million,” Sattari said, addressing the second Iran-Europe Cooperation Conference in Brussels, Belgium.

He reiterated that Iran had made great progress in the fields of biotechnology, renewable energy, nanotechnology and stem cells.

Sattari said that there were 47 million internet users in Iran who constitute nearly half of the total Internet users in the Middle East, and added, “Iran ranks first in the Middle East for production of biological drugs.”

He said that Iran had one of the most successful biotech companies with young and skilled staff aged 33 on the average which exported biological drugs to 10 countries, Sattari said.

Of 39 technology parks existing in Iran, Paris Park is one of the largest in West Asia which houses 200 companies and some of them export advanced technological products, he added.